UK’s last deep coal mine to close

The last deep coal mine in the UK will stop production today. The final shift at Kellingley Colliery is expected to end after noon. The closure of the site, located in North […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The last deep coal mine in the UK will stop production today.

The final shift at Kellingley Colliery is expected to end after noon.

The closure of the site, located in North Yorkshire, completes a two-year shutdown plan for the country’s deep mines.

Owner UK Coal received financial support from the government to close it.

Kellingley began production in 1965.

In a statement, the firm said: “This is a historic moment but also one which will have a real impact on those who work at Kellingley, their families and the wider community. We, like the whole of the UK, owe a debt of immense gratitude to those who have done so much to help power this country over many decades.”

Union GMB has organised a march in Knottingley tomorrow.

It insists the country will “lose skills, traditions and culture” associated with coal mining and communities “will suffer the social deprivation of losing their source of employment”.

Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Officer added: “Kellingley affectionately called the ‘BIG K’ once employed 3,000 miners and was the biggest deep mine in Europe. Now the final 450 miners, the last in a long line stretching back for generations, are having to search for new jobs before the shafts that lead down to 30 million tonnes of untouched coal are sealed with concrete.”

Earlier this year, the government announced coal-fired plants in the country will be closed by 2025.