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Barnsley march marks pit strike

Rally to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike.

Rally to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike.

Former pit workers took to the streets of South Yorkshrie to mark 30 years since the infamous Miners’ Strike.

Positioned as a ‘celebration of Barnsley’s mining heritage’, people walked through the town holding banners paying tribute to the mining community.

A brass band played as hundreds of people poured through the streets to remember the 1984 national strike.

The march was followed by a rally at the town’s Miners’ Hall.

Speakers included Coun Tim Shepherd, Barnsley mayor, Chris Kitchen, national secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, and member of Women Against Pit Closures.

A buffet and live music then followed at Gawber Road Working Men’s Club.

Mr Kitchen said: “The event was a great celebration of Barnsley’s mining heritage.

“It’s a celebration because 30 years ago the miners made a choice – to allow the government to destroy us, or to fight for our rights.

“We decided to fight for our rights. We still haven’t given up the fight.”

Mr Kitchen was a 17-year-old with a year’s colliery experience behind him when the strike was declared.

He said: “Pit closures have had a devastating effect that, 30 years on, some communities still haven’t recovered from.”

 

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