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Miners' Strike 25 Years On

Miners' Strike

See Miners' Strike History for more information about the strike and the political divides of the time.

Twenty five years ago the miners' strike was a key turning point in modern British history. From March 2009 to March 2010, we will be gathering your video stories and comments about how the miners' strike has affected the course of the lives of those involved.

If you were a striking miner, a miner who did not go on strike, if you policed or documented the picket lines, were a political supporter for or against the strike, lived in a mining community at the time or reported on the strike, we would like to hear from you. Contact: videonation@bbc.co.uk




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18 February 2009
FLASHBACK
Ken Wilkinson
2.00 mins
Ken Wilkinson was a miner who took photographs during the 1984 strike and went on to become a professional photographer.



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18 February 2009
GOFER
Brian Lewis
2.00 mins
Brian is an historian, painter and writer with a strong interest in coal mining communities.




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23 February 2009
THE BLACKSTUFF BOYS
Noel Griffiths, Cliff Williams and Bert Abraham
6.30 mins
"It was one of the worst years of my life" Three ex-miners from the same valley in South Wales, but with very different experiences on the miners strike of '84-85'.



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20 February 2009
ARREST
Toni Bennett
2.43 mins
Toni Bennett was arrested and charged for singing on the picket line at Markham, in Derbyshire in 1984. Till this day that same conviction still affects her life.




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19 Feb 2009
PIT PRIDE
Gerald Briddon
2.35 mins
Gerald Briddon started out as a miner at Markham in Derbyshire. Due to a pit accident he moved to South Africa and worked in the gold and platinum mines.



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20 February 2009
WOMEN
Norma Dolby
2.23 mins
Norma Dolby was a key character in the women's movement in Arkwright Town during the strike.




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20 Feb 2009
TOP BRASS
Ray Sykes
4.40 mins
Ray Sykes has been a member of the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band since he was a young boy.



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23 February 2009
MOVE THE MINER
Gary Cox
1.50 mins
Gary Cox is the chairman of a group who are campaigning to move the statue of a Kent coal miner from Dover seafront.




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23 Feb 2009
RETURNING TO BETTESHANGER
Gary Cox
2.00 mins
Former miner Gary Cox returned to the site of the Betteshanger pit for the first time since it closed 20 years ago.



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23 February 2009
I WAS THERE
Paula Richards
3.06 mins
"It was alright to have nothing, if everyone else had nothing too." Paula tells her story of her childhood as the daughter of a striking miner in 1984.




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2 Mar 2009
THE ENEMY WITHIN
Anthony Thomas
7.30 mins
Anthony gives his personal account of the strike which underlines his feeling of betrayal and his perception of indifference to the strike in Britain at the time.



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5 March 2009
LIFE CYCLE
Martin Bullock
2.50 mins
Martin Bullock was born in the year of the miners' strike, and now works on a former pit slag heap.




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3 March 2009
MINERS' HERITAGE
George Horsfall
2.52 mins
George Horsfall runs the Aylesham Heritage Centre, which aims to keep the mining heritage of the village very much alive.



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3 March 2009
MINERS' MEMORIES
Philip Sutcliffe
3.20 mins
Philip Sutcliffe has lived in Aylesham almost all his life and spent over 20 years working on the coal face.




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3 March 2009
MINERS' WELFARE
John Moyle
3.12 mins
John Moyle was the Kent Area NUM president and now runs the Betteshanger Social Welfare Scheme.



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3 March 2009
A WOMAN ON STRIKE
Audrey Griffiths
3.40 mins
In 1984 Audrey was interviewed by BBC Wales as a 'Woman on Strike'. 25 years on she takes a look back to see how her life changed because of the strike.


 



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