It’s 30 years since the start of the 1984 Miners’ Strike, one of the most bitter industrial disputes in history.
Three men were killed and an estimated 20,000 people were injured or admitted to hospital in incidents related to the year-long strike.
11,291 people were arrested and 8,392 charged with offences.
Around 200 served time in prison or custody and many still bear the mental scars 30 years on.
In 1984 there were 282 collieries across the UK, now there are around 35.
There were 195,500 workers employed by the UK coal industry in 1984, now mining employs 4,500.
Those are the stark statistics but they tell nothing of the personal toll that the dispute put upon people in our region.
In Wednesday’s Star we look back at the strike and its aftermath in a 12-page supplement.
Were you involved in the strike? How did it affect you and your family?
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