How closures hit the region
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.