With Banners Held High

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the return to work after the year-long miners’ strike on 5 March 1985. Unity Works, Wakefield: Saturday 7 March, 10.30am-5.00pm.

Premiere of a specially commissioned film, a spectacular new CD Orgreave Justice and a new book by Ian Clayton on Castleford Women’s Centre.

The big national event to remember the end of the miners’ strike thirty years ago takes place at Unity Works in Wakefield, West Yorkshire on Saturday 7 March. NUM banners will be hung from the beams in the newly refurbished Main Hall in the building.

The venue is at the heart of the former West Yorkshire mining community and Manor Colliery, a mile down the road from UnityWorks, survived until the early 1980s.

Compered by writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton, WITH BANNERS HELD HIGH has a packed programme with keynote speaker Dennis Skinner MP for Bolsover.  In the Main Hall a programme of music, drama and poetry includes Red Ladder Theatre, Sentimentalists and the Pitman Poet.

A series of debates on issues related to the strike such as Surveillance, the Media and the Strike, Inequality and the Miners and the Law will also take place. Speakers include the former BBC reporter Nick Jones, Alice Nutter, Helen Steel and Dave Douglass. There will also be two rooms showing films about the miners’ strike and Women Against Pit Closures.

Granville Williams, chair of the planning group, said, “This event will appeal to a wide range of interests. What we wanted to do was put together a programme which paid tribute to the spirit and courage displayed by the miners and their communities during the epic year-long struggle and I think we have done that.
“We are really pleased that a new film directed by Judi Alston, dealing with the humour of the miners’ strike, will be shown for the first time.  A new CD Orgreave Justice contains a superb line-up of acts who have given their music free of charge, and Ian Clayton’s book on the history of Castleford Women’s Centre during the strike will be on sale, as well as DVDs of the film.”

Exhibitions of work by Martin Jenkinson, the Sheffield-based photographer who died in 2012, and Report Digital photographers will also be on display, as well as paintings by former miner Harry Malkin and a rare collection of miners’ lamps.

Tickets are on sale from www.unityworks.co.uk/events or Tel 01924 831114.

OTJC CD out now!

Paul Heaton, Sleaford Mods, TV Smith and Billy Bragg on brilliant compilation to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the end of the Miner’s Strike.

Unbelievable as it may seem, March will mark the 30th Anniversary of the return to work by striking miners who had remained out in protest against the closure of pits for 12 months. Some of the most striking images of this bitter episode took place during the ‘Battle of Orgreave’ in the summer of 1984 and it is one of those iconic images, by photographer John Harris, that feature on the cover of this essential CD.

Tony Wright of Barnsley band The Hurriers has put together an amazing collection here that is surely one of the most important political protest albums of recent times. Featuring songs and spoken word tracks, the album is a who’s who of political dissent with tracks also contributed by New Model Army, Louise Distras, Chumbawumba, Attila The Stockbroker, The Hurriers and many more. For full track listing below and on the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign community Facebook page, where you can also find out more about the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.

The Orgreave Truth and Justice CD is available now for £9.99 with all profits going to the Truth and Justice Campaign. You can also find the campaign on twitter as @OrgreaveJustice,

Buy it here – with or without a T-shirt!

  • Matt Abbott – From Peterloo to Orgreave (165 Years)
  • Attila the Stockbroker – Never Forget
  • Banner Theatre – The Battle of Orgreave
  • Billy Bragg – Which Side Are You On?
  • The Black Lamps – The Smoking Party
  • Blaggers ITA – Bastard Chillin’
  • Blossoms – Blow
  • Cambodia – Bang To Rights
  • Chris Evans Collective – Freedom
  • Chris T-T – If You Want Speak To the Minister
  • Chumbawamba – Coal Not Dole
  • Steve Drewett – Sweet Jesus
  • Paul Heaton – Acid Country
  • The Hurriers – Truth and Justice
  • Jethro Platts – Christmas 1984
  • Joe Solo – No Pasaran!
  • Robb Johnson – Terry French
  • Jon Langford – Solomon Jones
  • Louise Distras – Bullets
  • The Movement – We Got Marx
  • New Model Army – Angry Planet
  • The Oppressed – Riot
  • Grace Petrie – Rise
  • Pitman Poet – King Coal
  • Quiet Loner – Kneel and Comply
  • Sleaford Mods- Guillotine
  • TV Smith – Immortal Rich
  • Terry and Dead – T-shirts
  • Thee Concerned Citizens – Never Cross
  • Thee Faction – Union Man
  • Tony Walsh – Another Name for Coal
  • Steve White and the Protest Family – Which Side Are You On?
  • Wilde Sammon – Remember Orgreave

– See more at: http://louderthanwar.com/orgreave-truth-and-justice-cd-out-now/#sthash.NlhLSdo0.dpuf

Coming soon…

In Loving Memory of Work.

A visual record of the political graphics and cultural outputs during the UK Miners’ Strike 1984-85.

Click here for more.

Proceeds from the purchase of this book will be donated to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign as they seek truth and justice for all miners victimised by the police at the Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire, on June 18th 1984.