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Miners strike 20 years on

Posted by Ed on February 1, 2004

Another intersting read in today’s Observer tells the story of a former coal-mining village in Yorkshire, hit hard by the 1984 strike which devastated the industry and broke the back of the trade union movement. The effect of government policies at the time is nicely summed up by this comment:

The end of the strike didn’t just mean the death of the pit, it also meant the dismantling of an entire community. When Mick Carter talks about working at Silverwood, he points out that while it’s only eight miles away, for a community used to the early- morning stroll down Pit Lane, it might as well have been in Cornwall.

If you’re not familiar with the history, the film Brassed Off will give you a good idea.

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