Abandoned pits of former mining town fuel green revolution

Abandoned pits of former mining town fuel green revolution

Project in Seaham, County Durham, will use water from mine shafts to heat 1,500 new homes

Kevin Shaw remembers Seaham in its mining heyday, when the three pits in the town provided thousands of jobs and the network of red-brick terrace houses overlooking the sea were packed with miners and their families.

“It was a totally different place then all right,” says the 63-year-old looking out from a seafront cafe across a shimmering North Sea. “It was a very strong community, everyone had a connection to the mines … coal wagons would rattle across this road and down to the docks.”

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