It was with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of our Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.

His Royal Highness graced our Association with his patronage for over 40 years, which included honouring the CTBA in the role of President three times – in 1976, 1988 and in marking our 125th Anniversary in 2013. His involvement with the Association was a great help in giving profile to the CTBA’s work supporting former members of the coal trade.

Senior Trustee Mr Tom Allchurch, on behalf of the Association, sent condolences to Her Majesty and the Late Duke of Edinburgh’s office expressing our deepest sympathies on his passing. We shall always remember his contribution as we join the nation in saying goodbye.