VIDEO: 29 YEARS ON- Closure of Linby Colliery

Workers at Linby Colliery in 1986.
Workers at Linby Colliery in 1986.
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Today marks the 29th anniversary of the closure of Linby colliery.

At its peak, Linby employed 1,000 people with 700 men underground.

But on 25th November 1987, a meeting was called and an announcement made of its planned closure which sent shockwaves across the community.

Its final day of operation was Friday 25th March 1988.

“Most people who worked at Linby lived in Hucknall so we all knew each other back then,” explained Tony Gluchowski who was a deputy.

“I don’t know anyone who had a bad word to say about Linby. It was a great place to work because of the comaraderie.

“Many people who moved on to other industries after the closure of the pits said that the comaraderie just wasn’t the same.

“Down the pit everybody had your back no matter what and you trusted everyone you worked with. It wasn’t a dog eat dog environment like many places are today.”