Festival to mark 30 years since miners’ strike

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Former miners are invited to a day-long festival to commemorate 30 years since the end of the strike of 1984-5.

There will be music, drama, debates and film screenings at the With Banners Held High event on Saturday, March 7.

It will be held three decades since miners returned to work following a bitter year-long strike against pit closures.

Labour MP Dennis Skinner will be guest speaker at the festival, which will be held at Unity Hall in Wakefield.

It is being organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, which is calling for a full inquiry into the policing of a mass picket near Rotherham during the strike.

With Banners Held High will start at 11am at the venue on Westgate, Wakefield.

A daytime event will run until 5pm, compered by writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton, who will launch his new book on Castleford Women’s Centre.

Drama will be staged by the Red Shed Players and Red Ladder Theatre.

The daytime event will be followed by an evening event of poetry and music from 7.30pm-11pm.

A fundraising benefit will also be held the same evening, featuring punk band New Model Army.

Proceeds will go the Ogreave Truth and Justice Campaign and Justice for Mineworkers.

Tickets are on sale from the venue or by logging on to www.unityworks.co.uk

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