How clo­sures hit the re­gion

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

THE CON­CERTED clo­sure of pits in the York­shire coal­field had be­gun in earnest fol­low­ing the start of the min­ers’ strike in 1984. In the next three years alone, 15 mines in the county had closed.

The cri­sis in the coal in­dus­try had been com­pounded by the pri­vati­sa­tion of the elec­tric­ity in­dus­try in the 1980s – which led com­pet­ing firms to im­port fuel from the cheap­est pos­si­ble source – leav­ing Bri­tish Coal with stocks it could not sell.

There will be no com­mem­o­ra­tion to­day of the an­niver­sary of Bri­tain’s big­gest mass re­dun­dancy. The in­dus­try passed into his­tory two years ago with the clo­sure of the last deep mines – Kelling­ley, near Selby, and Thoresby in north Not­ting­hamshire.

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