Closure of Thoresby colliery leaves UK with just one deep coal mine

The Guardian, 11th July 2015

Last pit in Nottinghamshire closes, with the loss of hundreds of jobs, with owner UK Coal saying final mine in Yorkshire will shut later this year.

The UK has been left with just one deep coal mine after the closure of the last pit in Nottinghamshire, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

The closure of Thoresby colliery was announced last year after owner UK Coal fell into financial trouble.

The colliery’s 600 workers have since been gradually laid off, with the remaining 360 leaving on Friday.

It marks the end of the coal industry in the county, and leaves Kellingley in Yorkshire as the only deep pit in the UK – although that mine is due to close at the end of the year.