Letter: Mining heritage should be marked

I am a former fitter at Prince of Wales Colliery. I worked there all my life, both man and boy apprentice and colliery fitter right until 2002 when the colliery was closed.

My deep concern and disappointment is that as the site stands to this day there is not even a plaque or name plate to say there was ever a colliery there.

Pontefract town itself was built on liquorice and coal mining.

When I was a young man and first started at the colliery in the 60s, the colliery employed more than 1,000 men. Just in the years I worked at the colliery there were seven or eight men who lost their lives there. Surely we should have some sort of memorial in respect to these men?

All the other collieries which have closed in the area, have some sort of memorial on the site or nearby the site where the colliery stood. I have written to HRH The Prince of Wales and I did get a reply back from his secretary stating that if anything could be done they would be in touch.

When the twin drift tunnels were completed at the colliery it was the Prince of Wales who came to carry out the official opening so I thought if anything could be done he was the man to help me.

Phillip Shaw

Paradise Fields