Paul Meredith, from Six Bells, has worked in the coal industry all his adult life, working at Big Pit since 1988, with a brief spell at Uskmouth Power Station in the middle.

If you have to be stuck in a life with someone, who would it be and why?

Rik Mayall, pictured, because he would make a joke out of the situation.

What is your biggest fear?

Having to work until I am 70.

Do you have any superstitions?

Yes, I still will not walk under a ladder.

If you could have only one song on your iPod, what would it be and why?

Move It by Cliff Richard and the Shadows, as a rock’n’roll music fan the words say it all.

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought, not including property?

BMW motorcycle. I love it.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Life is short – burn the candle at both ends and the middle.

What’s your indulgence?

Beer and chocolate.

What item could you not live without?

A pint glass.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

I am far from perfect but I am happy as I am.

Where are you next going on holiday?

Croatia, with my wife Anita.