VIDEO: March for miners’ strike 30th anniversary

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Thirty years on from the miners’ strikes which saw collieries across South Yorkshire down tools, the National Union of Miners marched through the streets to mark the anniversary.

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

The National Union of Miners marched to mark the 30th anniversary of the miner's strike in 1984
The National Union of Miners marched to mark the 30th anniversary of the miner's strike in 1984

A brass band played as hundreds of people poured through the streets for the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strikes in 1984.

The march was followed by a rally at the Miners’ Hall, and speakers including Barnsley mayor Coun Tim Shepherd, NUM national secretary Chris Kitchen and Women Against Pit Closures gave speeches.

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

Mr Kitchen said: “The event is 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, having worked at a pit for one year, when strikes were declared. He added: “Pit closures have had a devastating effect that 30 years on some communities still haven’t recovered from.”

 

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