Please see this poem by one of our OTJC supporters, Neil Whittaker who says he wrote this while still nursing bruises from a van full of police at Orgreave in 1984. Neil says it never saw light of day until he posted it on a mining website recently. 

Eight thousand arrests, this point in time

The fight for jobs their only crime

How many more before they’re done

How many more before we’ve won

Bravely on, we fight the fight

Undaunted by the police states might

The judiciaries play their unbiased role

To help put miners on the dole

Our friends and workers come to our aid

With gifts and action from promises made

Our biggest ally is yet to come, the setting of the summer sun


When the lights go out you’ll hear them say

Keep open their pit, it’s theirs anyway.