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Film documenting the 84-85 miners' strike to launch in Barnsley

AN INSPIRATIONAL film recording the testimonies of people involved in the miners’ strike against pit closures of 1984-85 will receive its premiere in Yorkshire on Friday.

Former striking miners, families, women against pit closures and others contributed to the film Our Miners’ Strike.

It was commissioned by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) and will be launched at 7pm at the National Union of Mineworkers’ headquarters in Barnsley.

The premiere coincides with the 35th anniversary of the end of the strike in March 1985.

OTJC deputy chair Joe Rollin said that the film captures “humour, pride and sometimes anger and sadness” in people’s personal stories.

“The OTJC wants these stories to inspire future generations and to encourage people to become involved in the trade-union movement today.

“We have had years of cuts, austerity and a low-wage, zero-hours economy where workers are being denied basic human rights.

“This film will hopefully inspire people to stand up for themselves and to know that another world is possible.”

Kevin Horne, a Yorkshire miner arrested at Orgreave, said: “Many people who took part in the 84-85 miners’ strike and were deeply affected by it are now dead or old and will be dead soon.

“It is so important for those of us who are still around to capture our social and political history on film and to tell our stories to people who may not be aware of what we endured and how it still affects people’s lives today.”

Speakers will include Labour deputy-leadership candidate Richard Burgon.

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