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.

Stockton Tees Labour Party visit

Barbara was invited to speak to the women’s group at Stockton Tees Labour Party, on 7 February 2015. In the photos, the group is singing ‘We are Women We are Strong’. She met Nigel Cooke who 30 years ago wrote a song about Orgreave which they also sang.  Barbara’s talk was very well received and she was told what OTJC was doing was inspiring. She sold several t/shirts, as you can see from the photos, plus badges.

Barbara also met Jude Kirton Darling the MEP for the North East, who is involved at a European level with the injustices of Orgreave, Cammell Laird shipyards and Shrewsbury pickets, where an apology is being sought. Also the swift release of embargoed cabinet papers.  More info on this to follow.

Orgreave Justice Campaign Shirt

Miner Designs Customer Proof

In 2012 The Miners Rugby League Football Club was formed at Ashington, Northumberland and broke new ground by playing in the North East Regional League and so became the most Northerly Club in England.

The Club paid homage to the Regions rich mining heritage of Northumberland the shirts depicted the names of the 70 Collieries incorporated into The National Coal Board on Vesting Day 1947. Sadly as we know there are no Northumberland collieries left today?

The shirt also paid reference to the miners who gave up their lives to the mining industry which was poignant in the year of the 150th anniversary of the New Hartley Pit Disaster.

The Shirts were based on Featherstone Rovers traditional design of Navy Blue and White hoops chosen because the Yorkshire Club was from the true heartlands of the mining communities. Once again the Colliers and Miners were linked by the common bonds of Rugby League and Coal Mining.

In 2014 the Club marked the anniversary of the Miners strike of 1984 by changing the initial design to incorporate the names of 85 Collieries that were closed in Durham, Northumberland and Yorkshire since the end of the strike and the devastation caused to the mine working communities. Orgreave was poignantly added to reflect the sacrifices made by the miners to protect their communities.

The shirt had the logos of The National Union of Mineworkers and The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign alongside Woodhorn and Straw Johnny who had given support to the Miners Rugby League team.

What was to become apparent was the continued struggle by members of The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign to clear the names of the miners arrested on the picket lines at the coking plant. To support the campaign Miner Wear is to produce a shirt to help raise funds for the continued campaign for Justice.

The shirt will be in black and white to represent the seams of coal and the names of the miners seeking to overturn their sentences will be incorporated in the white hoops of the design. As well as the Coal not Dole logo Graham Murdie the designer has collected together the logos of the NUM, Unite the Union and The Morning Star who have all showed continued support for the mineworkers struggle.

Hopefully attention will be drawn to the campaigns to save the last three remaining deep mines at Kellingley, Thoresby and Hatfield that will see the end of coalmining in this country. The legacy of Thatcherism still remains inherent in the Government of today.

The shirts will be available to pre-order on the 11th February 2015. Customers are advised to allow 3-4 weeks for delivery after payment is received. These will be available via our website http://www.minerwear.co.uk/ we accept
Paypal via the website or customers who wish to pay by bank transfer or postal order are advised to email us before placing an order so we can arrange this.

Shirts are priced at £50.00 +5.95 delivery (Delivery cost may increase when ordering more than one shirt).

Donations will be made to the Campaign from each shirt sold. Further donations will be made to The Morning Star’s fighting fund. The shirts are ethically produced in the United Kingdom and therefore do not exploit the workers in the Far East. Shirts can be obtained when the design has been approved from www.minerwear.co.uk