Festival will mark 1984-85 miners’ strike

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Former miners are invited to a day-long festival to commemorate 30 years since the end of the year-long strike of 1984-5.

There will be music, drama, debates and film screenings at the With Banners Held High event on March 7.

Labour MP Dennis Skinner will be guest speaker at the festival, which will be held at Unity Hall in Wakefield.

It is being organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, which is calling for a full inquiry into the policing of a mass picket near Rotherham during the strike.

Granville Williams, of Upton, a founding member of the Orgreave campaign, said: “Tickets for the event are selling fast.

“There’s a programme of entertainment and speakers which will appeal to a wide audience of people.

“There will be exhibitions, for example a wonderful exhibition of miners lamps and badges.

“There will be a reunion room where former miners can meet former workmates.”

With Banners Held High will start at 11am at Unity Hall, on Westgate.

A day time event will run until 5pm, compered by writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton, who will launch his new book on Castleford Women’s Centre.

It will be followed by an evening event of poetry and music from 7.30pm-11pm.

A fundraising benefit will also be held the same evening, featuring punk band New Model Army. Proceeds will go the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and Justice for mineworkers.

Tickers are on sale from the venue or by logging on to www.unityworks.co.uk

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