sad, silent death
Miners gathered at the smallest colliery in the Durham coalfield yesterday, knowing they would never work there again. It was a quiet end for the tiny Bearpark pit near Durham City which was officially closed after 110 years. For like the county's other collieries it had been idle since the miners' stike started four weeks ago. The winding gear stood silent with no final shift to bring to surface. But across the road, men who had called to collect pit clothes from thier lockers, stood talking - reluctant to leave.