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Lights out in Britain for underground coal mining

Though open cast mining will continue, Kellingley's closing ends an enterprise spanning over two centuries that helped make the country an industrial power

Kellingley Colliery in Knottingley, England is scheduled to close for good in December. An author says "coal was so integral to the life of this part of the world that it was part of the cultural fabric".

Knottingley, England

TENS of thousands of British coal miners have lost their jobs in recent decades, during the steep decline of an industry that stoked the nation's industrial rise, sustained it through two world wars and once employed more than one million people.

Chris Jamieson