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Miners head down Kellingley pit for final time

More history was made at Kellingley Colliery today, nine weeks after the country's last remaining deep coal mine officially closed.

Since those final shifts in December, a last few remaining workers have been helping to decommission the site.

Adam Fowler was there, when the last of those men went underground for the very last time:

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Miners memorial at Big K is dismantled

A memorial to miners who lost their lives working at Kellingley Colliery has been dismantled at the pit this morning.

Miners memorial at Kellingley Colliery is dismantled Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The bronze sculpture in memory of the 17 miners will be rebuilt at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield next year.

It comes as the final trains ferried coal from the pit to Drax Power Station following the end of production last Friday.

Government failed to notice steel 'warning bells'

National steel protest in Sheffield

The Government was not alert enough to the warning bells sounded by the UK steel industry, says the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee in a report published today.

The BIS Committee found that while the Government identified the steel industry as of vital importance, it did not have effective warning systems in place to detect and address mounting problems in the industry.

The Committee also found that a lack of action at EU level, and a failure by UK Governments to push for EU action, helped leave the UK heavily exposed to Chinese dumping, a global oversupply of steel, and a 'perfect storm' of difficulties for the industry.

More than 1,500 steel jobs are under threat in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire alone.

In recent months, a series of site closures and job losses at sites including in Redcar, Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire, have dealt a major blow to the UK Steel industry. The steel industry is now on the verge of terminal decline. For too long the Government failed to be alert to the alarms raised by the industry and act at home to maintain a steel industry in the UK when other European countries were acting to safeguard their own strategic steel industries.

The industry isn't looking for a hand-out, it's looking for a level-playing field: for too long there was little action from the Government, with some asks from the industry taking years, if at all, to deliver.

The Government have now woken up to the steel crisis and have begun to take action. But this recent activity still needs to translate to concrete results for the industry and the communities they sustain.

– Iain Wright MP, BIS Committee chair

More than a thousand miners join commemoration march

More than a thousand miners and their families have taken part in a commemoration march to mark the closure of the UK's last deep coal pit.

Miners line the streets of Knottingley Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The final shifts at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire were worked yesterday, marking the end of an era for the once-mighty coal industry in this country.

Today, people lined the streets of nearby Knottingley in West Yorkshire to watch as the pitmen walked the mile-long route from the town hall to a miners' social club. James Webster reports.

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