Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures during the miners' strike
Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures during the miners' strike

Sheffield history: 14 pictures to take you back to 1984 - the year of the miners' strike

1984 was the year of the miners’ strike as the NUM took industrial action against Margaret Thatcher’s plans to reform Britain’s nationalised industries – and close most of the countries remaining pits.

The year-long dispute began in March with a walkout at Cortonwood Colliery near Rotherham and National Union of Minworkers president Arthur Scargill making it official across Britain six days later.

One of the main events of the strike was the Battle of Orgreave on June 18 at the Orgreave coking plant near Rotherham. About 5,000 miners clashed with a similar number of police and violence broke out after police on horseback charged with truncheons. It led to 51 picketing miners and 72 policemen being injured.

In other events, Labour MP Tony Benn won the Chesterfield by-election, having lost his previous seat at the general election the previous year, and peace protesters evicted from Greenham Common.

Well-loved comedian Tommy Cooper collapsed and died on stage during a live TV show. He was 63.

And Torvill and Dean won gold for ice skating at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

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