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Agecroft Colliery stands no more. This coal mine has disappeared from the skyline of Salford.
The former collieries winding wheels, which were enclosed in concrete towers reached a height of 200 feet and covered the number 4 and number 5 shafts. The towers were demolished using explosives in January 1991. The towers which had stood for over 30 years disappeared in seconds.
This signified the end of deep coal mining in the Irwell Valley which had lasted for about 250 years. The colliery buildings were bulldozed and flattened into history. The site was cleared in months without ceremony, to be replaced by warehouses and offices and the area renamed The Agecroft Commercial Park.
No monuments or memorials were erected to the memory of the coal miners who worked at the pit, many of whom paid the ultimate price. All their work and sacrifice was forgotten.
I wrote this book with the hope that it will educate, enlighten and remind people that not so very long ago this area had a thriving mining community. A community that took great pride in the coal mining industry and the work it provided. I hope to remind readers that it was coal which was the source of energy that powered the industrial revolution and made this country great.
This book is dedicated to all the men, women, boys and girls who toiled in the coal mining industry and worked to bring light and warmth for all. Our pits and our way of life may be gone but our memories live on
Paul Kelly, former miner at Agecroft Colliery, 1978-1990
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Britains last deep coal mine ceased production Kellingley colliery, Yorkshire on the 18 December 2015. A march and rally was held on Saturday the 19th of December from Knottingley town hall to the Kellingley colliery miners welfare over 3000 people attended.
The closure of our last pit completes the conservative regimes onslaught against the national union of mineworkers, coal miners of Britain and the wrecking of communities in the coal fields. Many have never recovered from pit closures caused by the Thatcher gangs industrial destruction of the countries coal industry
The closure of our last pit does not mean coal is not being used in the UK, to power the country over 50 million tons of coal is being imported when we have hundreds of years coal reserves beneath our feet. A point not lost on the miners who have just been thrown on the dole when a coal train roared past the rally heading to Ferrybridge coal fired power station with a load of imported coal.
"IF THE LIGHTS GO OUT DON'T BLAME US" was a message on one of the flag.
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