End of an era: Ex-miners 'heartbroken' as Kellingley Colliery tower demolished

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Former miners who gathered to watch the demolition of the headgear at Britain's last deep coal mine have said it was "heartbreaking".

The number two tower at Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire, was brought down with explosives in bright sunshine on Friday morning, leaving its twin number one tower standing by itself.

Composite of the No 2 Winding Tower at Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire is demolished. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Composite of the No 2 Winding Tower at Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire is demolished. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire