Dennis Skinner at Hatfield Colliery to dedicate plaque to Miners Strike

10th May 2014

To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Miners Strike, the Right Honourable Dennis Skinner, MP for Bolsover, is to unveil and dedicate a plaque at Hatfield Main Colliery to the miners, and their families, who struggled during the year long strike of 1984 – 1985.  The plaque, the first of its kind in the country, will sit on a plinth made from an original NCB lamppost that was knocked down during the strike and used as a barricade.

The event will take place at Hatfield Main Colliery Lane on Saturday, 10th May, 2014.  From 12 noon to 12.30 people will gather outside the Pit Club in time for the unveiling and dedication, by Mr Skinner, at 1pm.  Afterwards, the event will continue in the Pit Club where Barbara Jackson of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, Sheila Coleman of the Justice for Hillsborough Campaign and Dave Douglas, ex NUM branch delegate of Hatfield Main, will deliver speeches.  It is likely that Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North, will also attend.

Members of Hatfield Band will be in attendance to accompany the unveiling and will deliver a rendition of Gressford, also known as the 'Miners' Hymn'.

The organizers are also in the process of putting together two further events.  They are the designing and exhibiting of posters about the strike by Stainforth School children, and a memorabilia exhibition at Stainforth Library.

Contact Mick Lanaghan on 01302 849523 for further information on the event or with help providing memorabilia for the exhibition.

Source: Thorne Times, May 2014

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