Orgreave justice campaign invites people to share memories of miners' strike

Orgreave campaigners are hosting an event where people will be filmed recalling their memories of the 1984-5 miners’ strike.

Thursday, 7th November 2019, 12:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 3:50 pm
NUM leader Arthur Scargill receives treatment from ambulancemen after sustaining injuries at Orgreave
NUM leader Arthur Scargill receives treatment from ambulancemen after sustaining injuries at Orgreave

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign are inviting striking miners, their wives, partners, families, friends and anyone who supported them to come and speak on camera about their favourite stories - sad, funny, inspiring, or anything they wish to share from the time.

Joe Rollin, deputy chair of the campaign, said: “We are really excited to be hosting this event.

“In 1984/5 the police occupied mining villages throughout Britain during the strike, organised road blocks to stop the movement of pickets, were verbally and physically abusive and violent towards miners and our communities, wrongfully arrested and framed hundreds of miners and behaved with impunity.

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Pickets and police face to face at Orgreave

“All this was organised and backed by the Tory Government who were hell bent on smashing the trade unions.”

John Dunn, a miner assaulted and arrested during the strike said: “OTJC has learned from and been inspired by campaigning through the years.”

He stressed the importance of solidarity, how adversity can bring out creative skills, organising through communication and the importance of documenting social and political history for people to learn from.

Campaign secretary Kate Flannery said: “Women Against Pit Closures was a movement supporting miners, families and communities.

Pickets and mounted police at Orgreave

“One of the main reasons the miners’ strike of 1984-5 was able to continue for as long as it did was because of this support network.

“Women established groups early on in the year-long strike, in mining communities, in towns and cities throughout Britain and in other countries. We'd love to hear stories from the women involved.”

The filming day will be held on Saturday, December 7, 10am-4pm, at Barnsley NUM, 2 Huddersfield Road.

Riot policeman and a picket at Orgreave
The Battle of Orgreave, June 18, 1984