Glasshoughton and Goldthorpe: the contrasting fates of former pit communities

Miners on the final day of production at Kellingley Colliery last month Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The final 450 miners have left Kellingley Colliery - behind them the end of an industry that once employed thousands. After decades down the pit, the future of the miners and the communities built around them is uncertain, with other former colliery villages in the region having taken very different paths.

Mick Logg spent 30 years on the coal face. When he was made redundant he retrained as a ski instructor at Xscape - where the slopes that were once piled high with coal have been regenerated into an indoor snow slope attracting 4.2 million visitors a year.

Mick Logg has now trained as a ski instructor Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Mick is one of many who have benefited from the redevelopment. For years the 335-acre site near Castleford was derelict. Now it flourishes - 4000 jobs created by one man's vision and willingness to take a risk.

But while the residents surrounding the former Glasshoughton site enjoy prosperity, twenty miles down the road in Goldthorpe, the story is very different.

Unemployment in Barnsley, the district to which Goldthorpe belongs, is 3% above the national average. One local described it as a 'Ghost Town'.

Last year a report was commissioned by the Coal Fields Regeneration Trust and carried out by Sheffield Hallam University. Compared to the national average, people living in coalfield areas had more long term health problems and claimed more incapacity benefit.

But while regeneration in Goldthorpe isn't as apparent as it is in Castleford, it is happening.

For now the outcome for the community in Kellingley remains unclear. As decommissioning continues, those who once considered mining a way of life hope doors to prosperity will open as the last pit shaft is sealed shut.

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