HERE is an atmospheric picture of a group of miners on their last shift at Astley Green Colliery.

It was the last coal mine to be sunk in Astley, having commenced in 1908 by the Pilkington Colliery Company, a subsidiary of the Clifton and Kersley Coal Company.

In 1929 it became part of Manchester Collieries and in 1947 was nationalised and integrated into the National Coal Board.

It closed in 1970, and is now Astley Green Colliery Museum.

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