A REUNION has been organised to mark the 25th anniversary of a coal mine's closure.

Staff who worked at Parsonage Colliery in Leigh are invited to attend the event next Friday, March 24.

It will be held at Leigh Miners Welfare Institute from 8pm.

Tony Hogan, from Atherton, who worked at the colliery for 15 years and was vice president of its union when the pit closed, is looking forward to seeing some old faces.

The 61-year-old said: “We have always got together every three to five years since the closure but this will probably be the last one.

“It has been well attended in the past and we thought that as its 25 years since the colliery closed it would be a good time to meet up.

“We were like a big family. We got on well with each other and we still do.

“It will be nice to have a few beers and dampen the cold dust."