The National Coal Mining Museum for England receives poignant donation of commemorative train headboard from the final service out of Kellingley

24 February 2016

The National Coal Mining Museum for England receives poignant donation of commemorative train headboard from the final service out of Kellingley.

The National Coal Mining Museum for England has proudly received the donation of the Memorial plaque from Kellingley Colliery, the last deep coal mine in England which officially closed on 18 December 2015.

The Museum also accepted the donation of a commemorative headboard yesterday from the last train to leave Kellingley on Christmas Eve 2015, courtesy of DB Schenker Rail UK.

The Kellingley Memorial was given to the Museum earlier this year as a fitting tribute to the miners who worked at the colliery and it is now on display for the public to view.

The presentation of the headboard was made by Jonathan Lawton, the DB Schenker Rail UK driver of the last train service, and was accepted by Darran Cowd, Collections Officer at NCMME in an event held at the Museum in Overton, Wakefield. The occasion was particularly special for Jonathan as he is the nephew of the late Victor Lawton, who drove the very first train service from Kellingley Colliery in 1972.

The event also included the display of Kellingley’s final tonne of coal, purchased by the Museum in December before the mine’s closure. Shaun McLoughlin, Kellingley Mine Manager was in attendance, along with the Museum’s Director, Mike Benson and Graham Young, Head of Production at DB Schenker Rail UK.

Jonathan Lawton, Driver at DB Schenker Rail UK, said: “You could say that this rail service runs in my family and so I was very grateful to get the opportunity to drive the last train out of the colliery, which left as the site was being decommissioned. The train was fitted with a headboard to mark the occasion and it was an honour to present this here today, I’m proud that it will now be seen at the National Coal Mining Museum for England for generations to come.”

Mike Benson, Director at the Museum commented: “We are pleased and proud that we are able to preserve not only the Kellingley memorial here at the Museum, but also the commemorative headboard which was kindly donated today. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to come along to the Museum to view the newly placed memorial and the headboard, and thank our guests for coming along to the event which marks an important and poignant moment in our coal mining heritage.”

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