Photographer documents death of Britain’s coal industry

From thriving mining communities to ghost towns: Photographer documents how the death of Britain's coal industry has changed lives in the past 40 years They were once the bustling, lively valley towns of South Wales Coalfield – full of miners and their families who had lived and worked there for generations. Today the sites of the coal mines are deserted while the streets of nearby towns are virtually empty after hoards of people were forced to move out in search of work or face a life on benefits.

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