Campaigners have won their fight to preserve the iconic winding gears at Hatfield Colliery with today's news that Historic England has given Grade Two listing to both towers.
The decision came out of the blue-and just 24 hours before Doncaster Council had intended to demolish one of the towers.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport agreed to the move on advice from Historic England.
The iconic, towering structures have come to symbolise coal mining communities and coal production and several have been preserved in other parts of the country.
But the heritage group did not recommend the power and winding engine houses for listing, saying they do not have enough architectural or historic significance to merit listing in a national context.
The Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, will be presented with a piece of the last coal mined at Hatfield colliery today - to mark the end of coal mining in South Yorkshire.
As recently as 1980 there were 10 deep mines in Doncaster, employing over 17.000 men and 46 mines in South Yorkshire employing 49,000.
On Monday it is expected that Hatfield Colliery Partnership Limited will be wound up in court and the site will then be controlled by the Official Receiver and the Coal Authority.
The end of an era came ever closer today, as Hatfield Colliery stopped production with the loss of more than four hundred jobs.
Mine shafts at the pit will be filled in, bringing to an end 99 years of industrial history in the village near Doncaster, and leaving just two other pits in the region which have closure dates later this year. The former Labour leader and Doncaster MP Ed Miliband blamed the Government for not stepping in to save the pit and claimed had he now been in number 10, Hatfield would have stayed open. Martin Fisher has our main story tonight.
Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford Yvette Cooper has attacked the government after it was announced Hatfield Colliery was set to close.
Cooper, who is a candidate for the Labour leadership, has also campaigned to help save Kellingley Colliery.
Former Labour Leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has said that the planned closure of Hatfield Colliery 'doesn't make economic sense for the government and it is devastating for the workers'
Hatfield Colliery - the last remaining deep mine pit in Yorkshire - is to close with the loss of more than 400 jobs.
Workers at the worker-owned pit, which is near Doncaster, will be officially told tomorrow that production is to stop.
It was expected to stay open until summer 2016. Just over 300 workers will be laid off initially with the remaining 89 being kept on to oversee safety work and the filling in of the shafts.
The news comes just weeks after the closure of Kellingley and Thoresby Collieries was announced.
Former Housemartins and Beautiful South singer, Paul Heaton was out in support of a parade involving hundreds of former miners from Dunscroft to Stainforth, close to Hatfield Colliery.
David Hirst spoke to him at the parade:
A miner injured in an underground accident at Doncaster’s last remaining pit is fighting for his life.
The 50-year-old has already undergone major surgery and faces another operation, according to his union chief.
The miner at Hatfield Colliery, who has not been named, is said to be in a critical condition at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.
The Mines Inspectorate has launched an investigation into the incident.
The Doncaster to Goole and Scunthorpe railway line which runs alongside Hatfield Colliery has been damaged by a landslip from colliery waste and the line is expected to be closed for at least two months