August 13, 2010

3:09pm Friday 13th August 2010

From the Durham County Advertiser 50 years ago.

Ushaw Moor Colliery, with five million tons of coal still remaining in the Harvey Seam, closed on Friday. Employment has been found for the majority of the 150 miners who worked there. Former lodge secretary Mr Joseph Stowells, of Hall Avenue, Ushaw Moor, explained that the closure was due to the National Coal Board policy of cutting back manpower.

The NCB has found jobs for 133 men at other collieries in the county. Transport to pits as far away as Beamish MAry (Stanley), Pelton and Handon Hold has been provided. But Mr Stowells said he did not think work at these pits was as good financially as at Ushaw Moor.

The only improvement he had found at Pelton was that the men could have a bath after work before returning home – a thing they were unable to do at Ushaw Moor.

Seven of the men decided to take the 41 weeks’ redundancy pay rather than travel long distances to work.

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