Stories from our files
MIDLOTHIAN: There was a general sense of disbelief when it became known at the weekend that a large part of the once prosperous Lothians coalfield was in process of disintegration. The National Coal Board’s long-awaited survey blandly stated that the future held no real hope for Lady Victoria, Roslin and Woolmet pits. And that Lingerwood and Ramsay pits, named as uneconomic, would be closed down within the next few years.
GOREBRIDGE: There has been an angry reaction in Gorebridge to the news that the building of a local community centre has been put back a year.
BILSTON: The 100 foot high chimney stack at Bilston Glen Colliery was demolished last Friday, the first of three explosions to bring down the remaining landmarks at the former British Coal showpiece pit. At its peak the colliery employed around 2000 men. The site will be cleared within a few weeks.
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