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VIDEO: Miners’ strike 30th anniversary march

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Hundreds of former pit workers came together once more for a moving memorial to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike.

Young and old alike joined the march through Armthorpe commemorating three decades since the start of the bitter year-long 1984-85 struggle.

They were led by the Markham Main Colliery Band to lay a wreath laid at the site of the former pit head shaft, now a park in the middle of a modern housing estate following the mine’s closure in 1996.

Retired Armthorpe vicar Dr Keith Ellwood led the prayers while Tyla Bell, 16, laid the wreath to commemorate the 87 miners who died at Markham Main during its 80 year history.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton and retired Yorkshire NUM president Ken Capstick later led speeches at the Coronation Club in the village.

 

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