Wakefield hosts a day of music, film, drama, debate and exhibitions

With Banners Held High WakefieldTrade unionists are to celebrate thirty years since the end of the miners’ strike by next month hosting a national event in the heart of the former West Yorkshire mining community.

With Banners Held High takes place in the newly-refurbished Unity Hall in Wakefield on March 7th. The compere for the day is writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton and the main speaker Dennis Skinner MP for Bolsover.

The day is a rich mix of music, film, drama, debate and exhibitions. A new, specially commissioned film will be premiered focusing on the humour from the strike, with former miners and women active in miners’ support groups being interviewed.

Ian Clayton’s new book on the Castleford Women’s Centre, which was set up during the miners’ strike, will also be launched.

Granville Williams, chair of the planning group, said:  “We hope our programme will appeal to a wide range of people, whether they want to come and listen to music or participate in debates on the economic and political significance of the strike.

“We think the variety of the programme will make the day a fitting finale to an amazing year remembering the dedication and commitment of the miners and their communities during the 1984-85 strike.”

In the evening, there will be poetry and more acoustic music with headline act Flamin’ Nerve who composed ‘We Are Women, We Are Strong’, the anthem of Women Against Pit Closures.

New Model Army are headlining an alternative evening fundraising benefit for the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and Justice for Mineworkers.

* Tickets are now on sale: www.unityworks.co.uk/events/ or box office 01924 831114


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