Veteran MP and socialist champion Dennis Skinner has unveiled an unusual Miners’ Strike memorial in Doncaster.
The Bolsover MP visited Hatfield Main to reveal the shattered and crumbling stump of a lamp-post, the remnants of a barricade use to block the lane to the colliery during the bitter 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.
The post, opposite Hatfield Main Club in East Lane, Stainforth, has lain untouched for 30 years and has become a symbol of the year long struggle for local miners.
Mr Skinner, dubbed ‘The Beast of Bolsover’ told more than 100 gathers who had braved wet and windy weather to watch the unveiling ceremony, said that the memorial should act as a reminder that communities should never forget the conflict which saw the National Union of Mineworkers, led by Arthur Scargill, go head to head with Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government over a massive programme of pit closures.
A wreath was also laid at the lamp-post, which now features a placque and flowers to commemorate the struggle, while members of Hatfield Colliery Band also performed at the unveiling.