It was a huge part of South Tyneside life for decades and here are 11 reminders of the days of the colliery.
From Westoe Colliery to Harton pit, we have got scenes which will hopefully bring back memories of a bygone era.
There are colliery bands on the march and a reminder of life in the colliery villages.
Can you spot anyone you know in our retro selection? Take a look and let us know.
1. On the march in 1983
The spirit of Marsden Lodge lives on as its banner is displayed at the Durham Miners Gala in 1983. Photo: Shields Gazette
2. A chat with the miners
Arthur Blenkinsop. Labour candidate for South Shields, talking to miners George Falconer, Bill Bissett, Ronnie Moffatt, during a visit to Westoe Colliery in 1964. Photo: Shields Gazette
3. Shaking out the hookey mat
Colliery Square, Hebburn where this resident is pictured shaking out the hookey mat. Photo: Shields Gazette
4. End of an era at Boldon Colliery
Back to 1982 and a scene showing the last shift at Boldon Colliery. Photo: Sunderland Echo