Event in Wakefield to commemorate anniversary of end of miners’ strike

Pickets and  police clash outside Allerton Bywater Colliery during the 1984/85 strike.
Pickets and police clash outside Allerton Bywater Colliery during the 1984/85 strike.
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FILM, drama and debate will feature at a national event to be held in West Yorkshire to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the end of the miners’ strike.

The ‘With Banners Held High’ event on Saturday March 7 will held at Unity Hall in Wakefield, which was at the heart of the former West Yorkshire mining community.

Veteran MP Dennis Skinner, dubbed the Beast of Bolsover, will be speaking along with Michael Mansfield QC, the lawyer who advised many miners arrested during clashes with police during the 1984/85 strike.

Also speaking will be Alice Nutter, former member of Leeds band Chumbawumba, who picketed during the strike.

Write and broadcaster Ian Clayton, of Featherstone, will be compere and launch his new book on the Castleford Women’s Centre, which was set up during the miners’ strike.

Organisers say the day will be a rich mix of music, film, drama, debate and exhibitions.

A new specially commissioned film will be premiered focusing on the humour from the strike, with former miners and women active in miners’ support groups being interviewed.

Granville Williams, 73, chairman of the planning group, said, “We hope our programme will appeal to a wide range of people, whether they want to come and listen to music or participate in debates on the economic and political significance of the strike.

“We think the variety of the programme will make the day a fitting finale to an amazing year, remembering the dedication and commitment of the miners and their communities during the 1984/85 strike.”

The event will run from 10.30am to 11pm on Saturday March 7. For trickets, call the Unity Works box office on 01924 831114 or log on to www.unityworks.co.uk/events