A coal miner with the last canary to be used down underground.

A coal miner with the last canary to be used down underground. Canaries were used in the coal mines, to detect methane gas. If the canary died, the miners knew they had to leave or they would die as well.

Women during the miners strike, Fitzwilliam West Yorkshire

Women during the miners' strike, Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire, June 1984 Stock Photo

Miner's strike 84/85 "the most bitter industrial dispute in British history."[1]BBC

Miner's strike "the most bitter industrial dispute in British history.

A small poster from the miners strike of 1984-5. The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

A small poster from the miners strike of The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

Striking miner, George 'Geordie' Brealey, confronts a line of police officers while wearing a toy helmet at Orgreave coaking plant near Rotherham, Yorkshire. The subsequent outbreak of violence between police and pickets, known as the 'battle of Orgreave', was one of the most bloody and controversial of the 1984-85 miner's strike Photograph: Don McPhee

Police and pickets at Orgreave, South Yorkshire during the miners strike in 1984 Photograph: Don McPhee for the Guardian

Miners leader Arthur Scargill arrested at Orgreave, May 1984 .the miners strike

Miners leader Arthur Scargill arrested at Orgreave, South Yorkshire during a confrontation between police and striking miners that became known as the Battle of Orgreave, May Photo credit: Peter Arkell

Margaret Thatcher 'lied to miners about jobs and the extent of her plans to close pits' - Wales Online

Margaret Thatcher 'lied to miners about jobs and the extent of her plans to close pits'

End of the struggle: NUM members prepare to return to work in March at Mardy Colliery, South Wales at the end of the year long pit strike.

Miners Strike

Miners strike

Iconic images of the strike: http://www.defendtherighttoprotest.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/miners-strike-orgreave.jpg

Police controlling a crowd during the miner's strike. Famous picture, shows a Lesley Boulton of Sheffield Women's Support Group trying to call for An ambulance for an injured picketer. 18 June Battle of Orgreave.


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