"we all cheer when we see Vince and his marrers spilling out of the cage near the start."
The end of the shift - Credit: Pete C
At the end of the shift the pitmen would drawn up to the surface in a cage. Each miner had with him a check with his number on. A second check would have been deposited with the 'banksman' before entering the cage at the start of the shift, and hung on a board at the pithead. The returning miner would hand in the check he had kept, which would be matched with the one on the board. This was a simple method of ensuring that no one was lost or trapped at the end of the shift.