Hello. My Dad was a miner in a Selby mine for 30 years. He was made redundant only 2 weeks ago when the employees were told the pit would only be open for another 2 years max. My earliest memory is of the miners strike and the hardship of the families. Many of my friends are from mining families. It is a job that I wouldn't want to do and in a way I am glad my Dad is not doing it anymore although it will be hard for him losing his job in his 50's but I am sure he is happy. No more shift work. I can remember having to be very quiet when I came home from school when he was on night shifts because he was in bed! When I left school and got a part time job he would be going out to work when I was coming home!