Parade to remember miners’ strike and WW1 anniversaries

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Former mineworkers and their families will parade through the streets of South Elmsall to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike.

The parade, on Saturday, will honour the anniversary of the strike as well as the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 20th anniversary of the closure of Frickley Colliery.

It is also being 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 Ollerton, Nottinghamshire.

The parade, which will be led by the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, will meet at The Green, South Kirkby, at 10am ready for setting off at 10.30am.

It will go through Moorthorpe to the cenotaph at South Elmsall for a wreath laying ceremony and will then proceed through South Elmsall to the Westfield Centre, where speeches will take place.

There will be food and entertainment at the Empire WMC, Barnsley Road, Moorthorpe.

The parade has been organised by the National Union of Mineworkers, with support from members of Mr Jones’ family.

The parade will involve the official NUM banners and some people will be wearing t-shirts made to remember Mr Jones.

Michelle Brown, who has been helping promote the event, said: “The band will be playing and the banners will be out. This is about remembering the miners’ strike and the war, but also about remembering the community involvement during both.

“We have also arranged the event for David Gareth Jones – it was 30 years on the 15th since he was killed so this is for him. Some of us will be wearing t-shirts with his name on.”

For more information, call John Picken on 01977 647616. See next week’s Express for pictures of the event.