Tears as miners work final shift at Kellingley Colliery


Tears have been shed at the UK's last remaining deep coal mine as miners worked their final shift, ending underground production in this country.

The closure of Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire will mark the end of an era, writing the final chapter of deep coal mining history.

The 450 miners who work at the pit - known locally as the Big K - will receive severance packages at 12 weeks of average pay.

This afternoon, miners clocked off for the final time after the last coal mining shift at the colliery.

Neil Townend, 51, said: "There's a few lads shedding tears, just getting all emotional."