See screening of Still The Enemy Within

Picture courtesy of JohnSturrock/
Picture courtesy of JohnSturrock/

A film depicting the miners’ strike is to be shown in South Elmsall - where part of the documentary was shot.

Still the Enemy Within tells the story of the strike through the voices of ‘Arthur’s Army’ - a group of miners who put themselves on the front line to defend their jobs and communities.

The documentary was filmed in ex-mining communities across the country, including South Elmsall, where the film crew interviewed women who ran the town’s soup kitchen. They also shot scenes at the former Frickley Colliery site. Former miner Paul Symonds gave the team a tour of the Frickley Country Park and described how the old pit used to run.

The film, which is directed by Owen Gower, will be shown at the Westfield Centre, Westfield Lane, from 6pm to 8pm on Sunday, March 8.

The documentary received support from trade unionists, MPs and film makers including Ken Loach - director of 1985 miners’ strike film Which Side are You On? - at its launch event.

The release coincided with the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, which started on March 1, 1984, and continued until March 3, 1985, when it was ended by the National Union of Mineworkers.

It affected miners from Frickley Colliery in South Elmsall, South Kirkby Colliery and Kinsley Colliery.

The strike also saw the death of South Kirkby miner David Jones, who was killed while picketing in Nottinghamshire.

The screening is free and open to the whole community. It has been organised by South Elmsall Town Council.

For more information, call 01977 642335.