Closure of Kellingley Colliery is end of an era

​Date: 18/12/2015

PR ref: 6141

Councillor Denise Jeffery, Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council with responsibility for economic growth and skills, said the closure of Kellingley Colliery was the end of an era – for the district and for deep mining in the UK.

“The miners leaving Kellingley on Friday will march through Knottingley on Saturday with heads held high. They have much to be proud of and we are proud of them. The closure of this pit is the end of an era. On Friday we will see history in the making in our district which owes much of its heritage and its industrial foundations to the mining industry. It is a sad day.

“I wish the miners and their families well. The closure of any pit is always a blow to the local community and never more than when it happens so close to Christmas. I hope this skilled and loyal workforce, who have fought so hard to keep their pit open, will soon find other work or take up opportunities for training and developing new skills. We will do all we can to help them.”