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/