AN award-winning documentary on the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike will be shown following the Durham Miners’ Gala.
Still the Enemy Within, which was crowd-funded and produced by Bad Bonobo Films, will be screened on Sunday July 13 at Redhills, the home of the Durham Miners’ Association in Durham City, the day after the 130th Big Meeting.
At the Sheffield International Documentary Festival,it picked up the prestigious Audience Award in the Feature category
Journalist and author Paul Mason will host a question and answer session after the showing.
“We’re honoured to be invited to show our film in Durham, to the people who lived through the reality of the strike,” said director Owen Gower.
“It’s an opportunity to share the stories of some of the wonderful, courageous and inspiring characters who we have had the privilege of getting to know. I hope we can give something back to the people who have taught us so much.”
The screening will be held at 1pm. Tickets cost £5 and £7 and are available from Redhills or from:
Source – Durham Times, 04 July 2014
A gathering to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike was held in the North-East over the weekend.
Durham Miners’ Association staged the event at its headquarters at Redhills in Durham City on Saturday, three decades on from the bitter industrial dispute.
It was held at the weekend to tie in with the 30th anniversary of the infamous clashes between pitmen and police at Orgreave, near Rotherham, on June 18, 1984.
The union invited friends, supporters and miners who took part in the strike to ‘to renew old friendships and celebrate the spirit that endured a year-long battle for the preservation of jobs and communities’.
The eight-hour celebration started at 2pm and included a bar, buffet, films and music as well as speeches.
General secretary Dave Hopper said: “A lot of people who have not see each other for quite a while were there.
“It was nice to get together, reminisce a bit and look back at the situation and just think how unlucky we were not to achieve what we set out to achieve.
“Society would have been far better, certainly in the Durham area and a lot of coalfield communities. It is always important to keep issues like this in the public eye.”
Source – Durham Times, 23 June 2014
Statue to honour village’s miners
Work has begun on a memorial statue to honour men and boys killed in the pits.
A turf-cutting ceremony took place on Friday (June 20) ahead of the creation of a life-size statue of a miner, his wife and child for Esh Winning, in County Durham.
The statue will honour people who died in the collieries of Esh Winning, Waterhouses, Hedley Hill and East Hedleyhope.
Work on the memorial is expected to take three months, followed by an unveiling ceremony.
A long-running community campaign raised £65,000 to pay for the statue.
That included donations from the County Durham Community Foundation, Esh Winning Community Association, Hargreaves, Durham Rural Community Council, the Co-operative Society and others.
Councillor John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council, was part of Friday’s event.
He said: “This will be a wonderful memorial to the local community and the families of those who worked in the mines.”
Hargreaves, a mining firm which is based in Esh Winning, is the main commercial supporter of the project.
Development director Ian Parkin said the company was honoured to be involved.
Bob Heslop, a devoted leader of the memorial group, sadly died last year, before the campaign reached fruition.
Source – Northern Echo, 22 June 2014