Well it seems we're coming up to the 25th
anniversary of the miner's strike. Already? blimey I left school the
year after with no hope of getting a job EVER! thanks Mrs T..
got lots of personal memories about the event, coal picking, soup
kitchens etc. My dad wasn't a miner - but he did work in a mining
related trade so the strike effected us almost as much as my friend who's
dads were out of work, with no income coming in. I still remember
during the summer holidays - we'd have to break off what we were doing
(usually hanging out at Vale Head Park) while my friends went up to the
local middle school to get their free meals.
also remember stories of the police pulling so called agitators out of
the local pubs too on an evening, allegedly to give them a hard time to
try and make them think twice about leading the strike.
one story which always brings a smile to my face happened, so I've been
told on the picket line at the soon to be closed South Kirkby Colliery, during the winter months there'd
been a fall of snow, the picketers had built some snowman in their
lines, as a sort of joke reinforcement. A policeman spotted this and
ordered them to knock them down, "you're not here to have fun" was the
reason given. The miners refused, so a second warning was given,
"knock them down or we'll run them down in the panda car". Again the
miners - now laughing to themselves refused. So the policemen went to
carry out their threat, giving the car quite a lot of revs they sped
towards the line of snowmen. There was a crash and a rather satisfying
crunch as the panda car ended up beached on one of the concrete
bollards the snowmen had been built over.. Apparently the miners
refused to help remove the car too.