If you’ve played The Pit at The Escapement recently, you’ve probably seen our new plaque to the man who inspired the creation of our latest escape room, if you haven’t seen it, you may remember a key character who appears as part the story – Mac. (The last operative seen down in the mine)
Mac is the more than just a character though, he is an integral part of not only The
Mac worked in the real ‘Pit’ over at Betteshangar and even at 87 years of age, I still wouldn’t bet on me if it came down to heavy manual work. Betteshangar Colliary opened in the late 1920’s and was the largest of all the Kent Collaries. He worked there for over 30 years and carries the mark of a miner, big, strong hands, covered in speckled ‘tattooing’ where coal dust filled cuts and grazes and permanently inks the epidermis. After all this time, he is still incredibly proud of his career.
As a kid I’d sit and listen for hours as he told of stories from his many adventures down in the mines; from his Matchless Combination motorcycle, friends he worked with and the politics and impact of the strikes. Now, as an adult, he passes relics and artefacts from his working days; I have both his hard hart and mining lamp, boots and various tools, which I’ll treasure forever.
The Pit was my original escape room design when we first decided to build The Escapement, but