Hundreds of people paraded through the streets of South Elmsall and South Kirkby on Saturday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike.
Traffic was brought to a standstill as the parade - led by the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band - headed from The Green at South Kirkby to the Westfield Centre, South Elmsall, for speeches. NUM officials also laid wreaths at the cenotaph and the miners’ wheel in South Elmsall.
The march was also held to remember David Gareth Jones, a 24-year-old miner from South Kirkby who was killed in the first week of the strike after being hit by a brick on March 15, 1984, while on a picket line in Nottinghamshire. It also remembered the 100th anniversary since the start of the First World War.
The event was organised by the National Union of Mineworkers, with support from members of Mr Jones’ family. Former mineworkers and their families carried large NUM banners through the streets, with some people wearing T-shirts honouring Mr Jones. The event was finished off with food and entertainment at the Empire WMC, Moorthorpe.
John Picken, former union branch president at both Frickley and South Kirkby collieries, said: “It was a great day, the turn out was much better than anyone expected. We held it for the 30th anniversary of the strike - but as the wheel is so close to the cenotaph we felt we couldn’t ignore the anniversary of the war. “We also went back to the Empire for food and entertainment - it was chosen as it was also 100 years since the club was built so it all tied in quite nicely.”