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.”