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Miners’ strike anniversary will be marked by march

STRIKE ANNIVERSARY ... South Tyeside Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson, at the miners strike exhibition with, from left, Ronnie Slater, Jacky Payton and Ronnie Peterson.

STRIKE ANNIVERSARY ... South Tyeside Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson, at the miners strike exhibition with, from left, Ronnie Slater, Jacky Payton and Ronnie Peterson.

FORMER coal workers will take to the streets to mark 30 years since the start of the miners’ strike.

A march has been organised for Saturday as part of a two-day exhibition, which starts today, at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

The march, which starts at 11am, will see former pitmen carrying banners, accompanied by Westoe Brass Band, marching from the museum in Ocean Road to and from St Hilda’s Church, along King Street.

Secretary of Harton and Westoe Miners Banner Group, Jim Watson, said: “There will be a lot of activities going on throughout the year to mark 30 years since the strike.

“As part of the exhibition, we will be marching with the banners and we would love to see as many people as possible turning out to support us.”

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the year-long national strike which was sparked after the then Tory Government announced plans to close 20 pits.

During the two-day anniversary exhibition, former miners will be on hand to talk to visitors, while artefacts and pictures from the era will also be on display.

There will also be talks and the showcasing of a film, On The Front Line, by Gary Wilkinson, which looks at the strike at Westoe Colliery. To complement the exhibition, North East author and historian Ken Smith will host a talk on the history of the banners from the North East coalfields at Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare, in Low Lane, South Shields, on Monday

Entry to the event, starting at 7pm, is free.

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