Coal Mining in Britain | The story of mining from the coal face to the strike
CHANNEL | Regional Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 30 May 1960
DURATION | 27 minutes 14 seconds
After 170 years, Brereton Colliery is to close and its miners are to be transferred to Lea Hall, two miles away. In this programme, Tom Langley reveals something about the life of the pit, as seen through the eyes of those who worked there. We hear the sounds of the mine itself and the stories of the men employed at the colliery in its final days.
Lea Hall was opened in 1954, the first new colliery to be started after the nationalisation of the mines. It took six years to become productive, with output of coal beginning in 1960, the same year that this programme was first broadcast. Lea Hall finally closed in 1990.
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