This afternoon local people - including former miners - looked on as the huge winding tower at Maltby Colliery, near Rotherham, was demolished in a controlled explosion.
The pit closed down a year ago. But today was symbolic to many ex-miners who say their way of life has been taken away. David Hirst reports.
A piece of coal is buried to mark the end of an era and to remember the twenty-sven who lost their lives in the disaster of 1923.
A memorial service has been held today to commemorate those who lost their lives at Maltby colliery in South Yorkshire. The pit closed its gates yesterday after more than a century of coal mining. Today the community of Maltby joined miners to mark the end of a way of live
Deep coal mining could come to an end at Maltby Colliery near Rotherham putting more than 500 jobs at risk. Hargreaves Services which runs the pit says it no longer makes business sense because the mine is too expensive to run safely.