THE end of coal production at the UK's last remaining deep coal mine is scheduled to take place next week.

UK Coal confirmed that Kellingley Colliery in West Yorkshire is set to close on December 18, bringing an end to deep coal mining in this country.

The 450 miners who work at the pit - known locally as the Big K - will receive severance packages at 12 weeks' of average pay.

Chris Kitchen, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, said: "It's a sad day now that the closure date has been confirmed.

"I am sure people will argue not burning coal is better for the environment, but as far as I am concerned this is another vindictive act."