South Yorkshire’s proud mining heritage came to an end in the High Court yesterday.
The firm which ran Doncaster’s Hatfield Colliery was officially wound up, marking the end of mining in the region.
Hatfield Colliery closed in June with the loss of 430 jobs after almost a century of production.
The employee-owned colliery had been due to operate until August 2016, but was having problems finding a buyer for its coal.
Earlier this year, the Government agreed to provide up to £20 million of aid, approved by the European Union, to Hatfield to enable it to complete its business plan and mine until the planned closure. It needed help because of dramatic falls in world coal prices.
At the High Court, in London, yesterday the employee-owned company which ran Hatfield Colliery was wound up.
John Grogan, chairman of Hatfield Colliery Employment Benefit Trust, said: “I was at the site when the receiver turned up.
“The company is now wound up and is in the hands of the official Government receiver.
“Representatives from the Coal Authority are now on the site and in the next few weeks will be filling in the shafts, but they won’t be doing anything with the head gear until Historic England has produced their findings at the beginning of next month.”
The final lump of coal mined at Hatfield Colliery was presented to the mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, on Friday during a ceremony to mark the end of mining in South Yorkshire.
Mr Grogan added: “It is really sad to see the site so empty, when just a few weeks ago it would have been full of men chatting as their shifts changed over.
“For South Yorkshire, this is absolutely the end of an era. As recently as the 1980s there were 46 mines, 10 in the Doncaster area, employing more than 50,000 men.”