South Wales' last deep coal mine, Tower Colliery, (the only one in Britain to be owned by its workers) closed this week after 200 years of mining. The miners pooled their redundancy money to buy it after its first closure 13 years ago, providing jobs for hundreds of miners. Unfortunately the coal has now run out. But the mine’s chairman was confident that those miners who wanted to continue working will be able to find jobs at the local drift mines.
Miners and local people staged a celebratory parade to mark the closure of Tower Colliery just as they did when they bought it over 10 years ago. It’s hoped that the site of the mine will now be re-developed, ideally to create new jobs and houses for some of the local people, a fitting tribute for a local landmark.
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