Kellingley march marks end of British deep coal mining
Three thousand people have marched to mark the closure of Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, and with it the end of British deep coal mining.
BBC Look North's Danni Hewson said miners from former pits around the country had felt they had to attend.
The march started at Knottingley town hall in West Yorkshire and finished with a rally at Kellingley Miners Welfare.
The miners finished their final shifts at the pit on Friday.
Pit owner UK Coal said it would oversee the rundown of the mine before the site was redeveloped.
The remaining miners at the 58-hectare site are to receive severance packages at 12 weeks of average pay.
'The Big K'
Production began at Kellingley, locally called "the Big K", in April 1965.
In April, the government loaned £10m to UK Coal for the managed closures. In a written statement to Parliament, Business Minister Michael Fallon said: "There is no value-for-money case for a level of investment that would keep the deep mines open beyond this managed wind-down period to autumn 2015."
Kirsten Sinclair, whose partner worked at Kellingley, said: "It's really important that [the closure] was marked. Nothing had been arranged for them and we just felt that this couldn't happen, they couldn't just go.
"The guys needed some love and affection shown to them for everything that they do."
Phil Whitehurst, of the GMB union, said: "Now the final 450 miners, the last in a long line stretching back for generations, are having to search for new jobs before the shafts which lead down to 30 million tons of untouched coal are sealed with concrete."
Dave Douglass of the NUM, said: "All them young lads in North , South and West Yorkshire who had long, well-paid futures in the coal industry have had that ripped away from them and absolutely nothing put in its place."