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Archive: Point of Ayr Colliery's winding tower blown up

Point of Ayr Colliery, near Prestatyn, closed in 1996 after more than 100 years of mining.

More: Work begins on Point of Ayr Colliery memorial

Its workforce of around 200 men looked into the feasibility of buying out the pit, but the plans failed to come to fruition.

In July 1997, the colliery's landmark concrete winding tower was demolished by explosives.

Work begins on Point of Ayr Colliery memorial

Work has begun on a memorial to miners who worked at Point of Ayr Colliery, the last deep mine in North Wales.

100 people, including former miners, attended a ceremony at the site in Flintshire today.

A sod was cut at the site, marking the beginning of the work Credit: Rob Shelley/ITV News

The mine closed in 1996, after being privatised only two years previously.

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Westbury Castle in Prestatyn... yours for £5m

by Rob Shelley

It's one of the great stately homes of Wales... that you've probably never heard of.

But for a cool £5million, Westbury Castle in Prestatyn - along with several outbuildings, and a wing that used to house over 50 servants - could be yours. Did we mention it has an abbey thrown in too?

We sent Rob Shelley with strict orders to look... but not make an offer.

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Prestatyn residents support their local shops

People in Prestatyn are being encouraged to use their local shops. Organisers of the initiative - named 'Totally Local' - say more than £4m would be raised a year if Prestatyn's 18,500 residents spent £5 a week in independent stores.

Most shops in the area support the scheme. For example, the initiative sees a local cafe promoting meat from a nearby butchers.

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