Meeting to Save Hatfield Main Headgear

29th August 2015

The campaign by the Hatfield Main Colliery Community Heritage Association to save the pit's headgear and winding wheels as a monument and memorial is becoming more and more popular as the days pass. It is hoped funding can be obtained for this and also to build a visitor centre. The bid has the support of South Yorkshire born actor Brian Blessed who is the son of a miner himself.

The mine stopped production at the end of June and the company running the pit was wound up on 17th August when the official receivers took over. The site is being cleared and the coal authority will be filling in the shafts. 

Pete Thompson is secretary of the heritage committee and was landlord of the Broadway Hotel in Dunscroft at the time of the 84/85 strike. He said, "It's passionate. You go away, travel abroad, but when you see the know you are home. It's part of where we're from. It's part of who we are, and we need to retain it." He urges people to get behind the bid.

If you want to give your support to the campaign you can sign the petition at or visit the Save Hatfield Main Headgear Facebook page.

Source: Thorne Times, September 2015.

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