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Working underground: 'It's a different, alien environment'

On 18 December, miners at Kellingley colliery in North Yorkshire will work their final shift, bringing to an end centuries of deep pit coal mining in Britain.

The mine, known locally as the "Big K", will close with the loss of 450 jobs. At its peak, it employed around 2,000 people.

Chris Kitchen, the general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and a former Kellingley miner, talks about what it's like working underground.

  • 18 Dec 2015
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