Closure of the Bradley Open Cast Mine

Today was the final day of mining operations at the Bradley Open Cast Mine near Consett. The Banks Group, who own the mine had applied for permission to extend the life of its last mine in England until 2021 but the application was turned down earlier this summer. The last coal will be extracted today,Continue reading “Closure of the Bradley Open Cast Mine”

Sankta Lucia at York Minster

The Swedish tradition of Sankta Lucia shares many similarities with advent processions held here in the UK. It symbolises the bringing of light into the dark winter and is one of the most significant services in the Swedish ecclesiastical calendar. The celebration of Sankta Lucia is based on the bravery and martyrdom of a youngContinue reading “Sankta Lucia at York Minster”

Twenty years on

Twenty years to the day after the closure of Easington colliery in County Durham former miners and their families held an event today to remember the closure of the mine and the resulting impact it had on what was one of the major coal production mines in the country. Coincidentally the funeral of Margaret ThatcherContinue reading “Twenty years on”