“Nobody wanted any pit to shut,” says former Bassetlaw MP Joe Ashton. “Manton was a good pit producing a lot of coal. But Mrs Thatcher was determined to close it.”
The Labour politician, now 80, served the district for over three decades with his ‘no-nonsense’ politics.
He battled for the miners during their 1984 strike and fought against the then Government’s decision to close Manton Colliery in 1994.