Last piece of coal mined in Doncaster is donated to the borough

The final days at Hatfield Colliery. John Grogan presents Mayor of Doncaster with one of the last pieces of coal
The final days at Hatfield Colliery. John Grogan presents Mayor of Doncaster with one of the last pieces of coal
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This was the last piece of coal mined in Doncaster.

John Grogan, chairman of Hatfield Colliery Employment Benefit Trust, presented the Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones with the last piece of coal to be mined at Hatfield Colliery, during a ceremony to mark the closure of the pit.

He said: “It is worthy of note that as recently as 1980 there were 10 deep mines in Doncaster, employing over 17.000 men, and 46 deep mines in South Yorkshire employing over 49,000 men.”

The firm which runs the mine is due to be wound up on Monday.

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 planned closure in Summer 2016. It needed help because of dramatic falls in world coal prices.

It has closed early.

Mr Grogan said: “The problem was that whilst one arm of Government was agreeing a grant to Hatfield another arm was at almost exactly the same time doubling their very own top-up carbon levy from £9.54 to £18.08 per tonne of CO2.

“As the Confederation of Coal Producers has repeatedly warned the Government the inevitable result was that the energy companies stockpiled coal in advance of the increase in April destroying the market for Hatfield coal.”

British Coal originally planned to close Hatfield in 1993, but it was saved by a management buyout. But it closed in 2001, before re-opening in 2007.