A touching photo of tearful miners embracing as time is called on the last working pit in the UK; North Yorkshire's Kellingley Colliery.
As of today, this country will no longer produce its own coal supply and will continue to import cheaper coal stocks from overseas. The death knell that commenced after Margaret Thatcher's disgusting attack on the miners in 1984 has finally been sounded.
The 450 miners miners at Kellingley, aka 'The Big K', a pit that has been in service for 50 years, will receive statutory redundancy packages on an average of 12 weeks pay, just one full week before Christmas.
It may be better for the environment, but the termination of the coal industry here in the UK will rip the heart and prospects from communities, just as it has always done. Meanwhile the big question remains; what have we got to replace it?
Britain's coal industry, RIP.