'Comradeship and friendship' - Miners remember Deep Navigation Colliery 25 years after closure

A ceremony has taken place to mark twenty five years since the closure of Deep Navigation Colliery.

The pit, in Treharris, closed in 1991 after working for more than 100 years.

Miners at the pithead

Deep Navigation was a casualty of the pit closure programme of the early 90s.

Nearly 400 men lost their jobs when it closed in March 1991.

Watch the report from Mike Griffiths below:

25 years on, and with little trace remaining of the pit, former miners and friends braved the Treharris rain to remember it.

The ceremony marking 25 years since the closure of Deep Navigation

It was sad to see it close.

Saddest part was that when we were, the day of the closing, they were still winding coal up the shaft as well, so it was really really upsetting.

– John Bevan, former deputy and overman

Nearby Penallta Colliery closed later in 1991, while Taff Merthyr shut in 1993.

The colliery's distinctive headframes were demolished soon after closure

For many men closure meant unemployment, with few new jobs in a rapidly shrinking industry.

The remaining UK pits were privatised in 1994

Others found new opportunities. Bobby Brain started his own grocery business.

Every day I drive past the old colliery.

You never forget the memories, they always still with you!

You never forget the people you were involved with. I was so lucky. I did an apprenticeship with some tremendous people.

– Bobby Brain, former miner
The Deep Navigation site today

The Deep Navigation site has now been extensively landscaped, with a stone commemorating it and the nearby Trelewis Drift and Taff Merthyr Colliery