With Banners Held High, Unity+Works, Wakefield, Saturday 5 March 2016

The inspiring but largely unknown story of the incredible international support for
the 1984-85 miners’ strike will be one focal point of With Banners Held High 2016.

Exhibitions, a new book, PIT PROPS: Music, International Solidarity and the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike – to be launched on the day – and speakers from France and Denmark will celebrate this great example of international solidarity.

The other big theme for the day is Music and the Miners’ Strike, with an exhibition and debate on the topic.

As with this year’s very popular event there is a day and evening programme. The day event, compered by Ian Clayton, is a mixture of film, poetry, music, debates and speakers. Highlights are the film TD30, featuring the South Wales Striking Miners’ Choir, music from Root and Branch, Grace Petrie and David Rovics. Tony Garnett (producer of Cathy Come Home, Kes and other memorable films and dramas) is speaking, along with ASLEF President Tosh McDonald.

Doors will open at 10.30am and we will show a short film of this year’s event as people arrive. The event will run until 5.00pm and tickets cost £8.00 (concs £4.00)

Liverpool band The Farm (‘All Together Now’) are the headline act for the evening fundraiser, backed up by Joe Solo and The HurriersAttila the Stockbroker is the compere. Tickets cost £20.00 (Student conc £10.00)

WBHH Chair Granville Williams said, ‘We have put together a completely new, diverse programme. Highlights include the film Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain and debates ranging from Energy Policy to From Orgreave to Wapping, marking the 30th anniversary of the Wapping dispute. As with this year, the main hall at Unity Works will be transformed by the NUM banners on display, and we will also be marking the end of an era with the closure of the last underground coal mine at Kellingley.’

You can buy tickets from www.unityworks.co.uk/events  or by phone from 01924 831114

For further information contact wbhh@talktalk.net   or phone 01977 646580

 

French CGT solidarity British miners strike 1984 E copy

Cutting: Report on support for UK miners and their families in La Vie 

Ouvriere, 12 November 1984. If used, please acknowledge cutting is courtesy of ‘CGT Social History Institute