Britain’s biggest remaining coal mine, Daw Mill, could face closure within weeks.
Even though there are sufficient resources there to sustain nearly a thousand jobs for 20 more years, harsh economic times have resulted in the owners saying they would rather close it down than agree to a pay rise miners are asking for.
Hundreds could lose their jobs as a result. But over the years, the 700 mines across Britain have turned into just seven.
And local communities have a sort of weary resignation to news of the potential closure of yet another one.
Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports from Warwickshire, England.