Closure of Kellingley pit brings deep coal mining to an end
18 December 2015
From the section York & North Yorkshire
Media captionDan Johnson watched the “end of an era” as the Kellingley miners left after their final shift
Miners at a North Yorkshire colliery have finished their final shifts as the closure of the pit brings an end to centuries of deep coal mining in Britain.
Owner UK Coal said it would oversee the rundown of the Kellingley mine before the site was redeveloped.
Unions said it was a “very sad day” for the country as well as the industry.
The last 450 miners at the pit are to receive severance packages at 12 weeks of average pay.
Source:: BBC world news feed