To be launched at With Banners Held High 2017


Dennis Skinner for WBHH2017

Dennis Skinner, MP for Bolsover, is a keynote speaker at With Banners Held High, Unity+Works, Wakefield on Saturday 4 March 2017. The theme of the day event is ‘The Flame Still Burns’ and it will celebrate the fact that although the pits are now all closed the impulse to celebrate the heritage of coal mining continues unabated.

There is a packed programme of exhibitions, music, film, poetry and debates -compered by writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton – and a new book, The Flame Still Burns: The Creative Power of Coal Mining, will be launched on the day.

One focal point of the day will be a celebration of the life and work of Davey Hopper, President of the Durham Miners’ Association, who died this year. Another will be the performance by Danny Mellor of his stunning one-hander, Undermined.

Workshops and debates connect issues from the epic year-long strike to the struggles we face today. Topics include ‘From Coal not Dole to I, Daniel Blake’ and ‘From Collective Bargaining to Zero Hour Contracts:
The Legacy of Thatcherism’.

“We have planned a programme to appeal to a wide range of interests,” Granville Williams said. “As in previous years we hope former miners and their families will be there for an enjoyable day and that those who have supported the miners over the years will be there too.”

The evening fundraising event is headlined by Ferocious Dog with support from Parson’s Lot and The Star Botherers. The bands have close links with mining – all three lead singers being ex-miners.

Tickets for the day and evening events available from http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/banners-held-high-2017/

We are pleased announce that we discovered the artists name and background of these fantastic paintings Peter Price from Maltby the art work along with background story will be on display at With Banners Held High in Wakefield March 2017.


We are delighted to announce that Danny Mellors play undermined  will be part of the days entertainment at with banners held high 2017.

Flyers for the With Banners Held High event being held at Unity+Works Wakefield on 4 March 2017.

We will send further reminders nearer the date, but you may wish to get it into your diary for next year.  If you wish to buy tickets in advance (at £12.50) you can order them from unityworks.co.uk/event/banners-held-high-2017-flame-still-burns

WBHH 2017 Flyer

Please download and share our flyer for With Banners Held High 2017.

PDF flyer here: press-wbhh2017-v03

With Banners Held High 2017
The Flame Still Burns

The pits are all closed but the impulse to celebrate the heritage and to record the impact of coal mining – whether with banners and memorials or in film, drama, painting, poetry and music – continues unabated. With Banners Held High 2017 celebrates the creative power and spirit of coal mining, past and present.

Workshops and debates connect issues from the epic year-long miners’ strike to the struggles we face today.
– Keynote speaker Dennis Skinner MP
– Celebration of the life of Davey Hopper
– plus a packed programme of exhibitions, music, poetry, debates and films

Saturday 4 March 2017 Unity+Works Wakefield WF1 1EP T 01924 831114
Doors open 10.30am Day-time [programme 11.00am-5.00pm

Tickets on sale from Monday 17 October


The first announcement for the next With Banners Held High, is that Ferocious Dog will be headlining the event!

Tickets available for the night event here!
More announcements to follow!