Mass picnic to mark Orgreave anniversary

Orgreave mass picnic
Orgreave mass picnic
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Supporters of miners allegedly victimised during the 1984 strike came together for a mass picnic and festival to mark the 30th anniversary.

The event, held off Poplar Way in Catcliffe, was a ‘celebration of struggle’ and of the continuing action by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and the Justice for Mineworkers Campaign.

Attila the Stockbroker

Attila the Stockbroker

The group has been campaigning on behalf of all miners sacked during the dispute.

The Orgreave campaign group was set up in November 2012 to represent miners allegedly victimised by police at the Orgreave coking plant in June 1984.

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has called for a ‘proper investigation’ by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into alleged malpractice at Orgreave – 30 years after violent clashes between police and miners.

The Labour leader’s intervention is the most senior political backing yet for the growing campaign to have police conduct at Orgreave fully investigated.

The IPCC says it is still ‘scoping’ evidence to determine whether to hold an investigation.

Supporters who attended the mass picnic enjoyed a day of entertainment, including live music, theatre, live speakers, children’s activities and refreshments.