Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign


Daytime and Evening Programmes

Daytime: WBHH-2017-Program-Daytime

Evening: WBHH-2017-Program-Evening

From Collective Bargaining to Zero Hours Contracts : The Legacy of Thatcherism 

Joe Rollin Chair Person

John Dunn Ex-NUM 

David Condliffe Unite Community Coordinator 

“This important meeting will explore the ongoing ramifications of the Miners Strike, why Thatcher tried to smash collective bargaining and how present day unions are organising the un-organised” 

Come along get involved! Tickets to WBHH 2017 available here

WBHH 2017: Music and The Miners Strike 

Just one of our workshops/debate and discussions. The Miners Strike created lots of fantastic music come and listen and take part 

Joe Rollin – Chair Person 

Ken Bonsall – Ferocious Dog:

Alice Nutter – Chumbawamba:

Jethro Platts – Parson’s Lot/Cambodia:

Boff Whaley – Chumbawamba:

Tony Wright – The Hurriers:

Workshop Debate and Discussion 

Tickets for the day event here:

With Banners Held High 2017: The Creative Power of Coal

With Banners Held High focuses this year on the ‘The Flame Still Burns-The Creative Power of Coal’. It celebrates an industry which inspired films, books, plays, paintings and much more. The event, on Saturday 4 March at Unity+Works Wakefield, links into the art exhibition Pit Images: Paintings and Drawings From the Coalfields running at the same venue.

The compere for the day’s event is writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton and the keynote speaker is Dennis Skinner MP. Highlights of the day include Danny Mellor’s stunning one-hander, Undermined, and a celebration of the life of Durham miners’ leader, Davey Hopper, who died last year. He played a key role in ensuring the survival of the Gala.

A new book, The Flame Still Burns: The Creative Power of Coal, specially commissioned for the event, will also be launched on the day.

The packed programme includes films, poetry and music with Matt Abbott, Ali Bullivent, The Hunch and the Commoners’ Choir. Also a series of workshops/debates link issues from the 1984-85 miners’ strike to contemporary concerns. Topics include ‘From Coal Not Dole to I, Daniel Blake’, ‘Media and the Miners’, ‘Music, Politics and the Miners’ and ‘The Legacy of Thatcherism: Zero Hours Contracts’.

‘We have put together a varied programme to appeal to a broad range of people,’ Granville Williams, chair of the planning group, said. ‘We want it to be a memorable and enjoyable day, attracting people active during the miners’ strike 32 years ago, but also a younger generation keen to learn about an industry which had such a tremendous impact on people’s lives but which has now completely disappeared with the closure of Kellingley pit in December 2015.’

Tickets for the day event (£8.00 Conc £4.00) from  Doors open 10.30. Event runs 11.00am–5.15pm

There is an evening fundraiser 7.30-11.00pm. The headline act is Ferocious Dog with support from Parson’s Lot and The Star Botherers. Lead singers in all the bands are ex-miners. Tickets £12.50 from


With Banners Held High 2017 is fast approaching don’t miss out on a fantastic day and night of Music, Film, Theatre, debate politics and mining history! Day time tickets here

Night time tickets here
Tickets selling fast! 
Buy today to avoid disappointment!
Seventeen days to go before the big day at Unity+Works, Wakefield on 
Saturday 4 March
Our new poster just out. Spread the word!



Today was the big day. We had the press launch and private view of Pit
Images: Drawings and Paintings From The Coalfields. Great to see some
of the artists there whose work is on display (Peter Watson, Dave
Wilders, Harry Malkin) and also Dave Brennan, artist and former Maltby
miner, who did the prescient cartoon strip from 1983, The Last Colliery
in Great Britain, for the Yorkshire Miner. Dave knew Peter Price whose
drawings of life around Maltby during the miners’ strike are on public
display for the first time. Dave will be speaking about Peter Price’s
work at With Banners Held High on 4 March at Unity+Works, Wakefield.

Exhibition at Unity+Works Wakefield WF1 1EP opens 6 February and runs
until 4 March, Mon-Friday 9.00-5.00. Admission Free

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

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

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!