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Nottinghamshire's mining martyrs remembered

Picket-line heroes Davy Jones and Joe Green, killed during the miners' strike of 1984-5, among those honoured

A CEREMONY remembering miners who died in Nottinghamshire pits took place on Saturday.

The event also commemorated the deaths of two Yorkshire miners killed on the picket line during the miners’ strike against pit closures of 1984-5.

Davy Jones was killed when he was hit by a missile while picketing in Nottinghamshire in 1984.

Joe Green was mown down by a scab lorry while picketing Ferrybridge power station in Yorkshire.

No-one was prosecuted over the deaths.

Saturday’s commemoration took place near the site of the former Rufford colliery in Nottinghamshire.

County Councillor Yvonne Woodhead of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We have come together to celebrate the coal mining heritage of Nottinghamshire and to remember our brothers and sisters who died in our coalmines as a result of industrial accident or disease. 

“We remember our comrades David Jones and Joe Green and all others who died in the great strike of 1984-85.”

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