Anniversary of Granville Closure
Following the success of a similar event to mark the 40th Anniversary of the closure of Kemberton Pit, Madeley in 2006 it was decided to hold a service to mark the 1979 closure of Shropshire's last deep colliery, the Granville Pit.
On 29th June 1979 the last of the miners, retained on salvage work, walked behind the Shropshire Miners' Union banner from Madeley Court School through Madeley to the Blists Hill Site of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. Here the banner was "laid up" at a short service led by a Madeley Band although a Miners' Union leader stressed that they hoped this would only be temporary and that some time in the future another generation of miners would need it.
To mark the anniversary of this event, a walk around the mining remains between the former Granville Colliery site and Muxton Bridge colliery (now part of Granville Country Park) was arranged for Saturday 4th July, 2009, followed by a Reunion Service (arranged by Madeley Living History Project) at Madeley Fletcher Methodist Church on Sunday 5th July, with an exhibition of local mining memorabilia.
About 15 people took part in the mining walk on the Saturday (which was cunningly timed to avoid the rain!), led by Dr. Ivor Brown with various contributions and memories from the ex-Miners in the group.