A FORMER miner at Darfield Main is on the hunt for a piece of memorabilia ahead of the 40th anniversary of the miners’ strike in March.

Neal Seargent, 59, now lives just outside of York but worked as a miner for 23 years – including a stint at Darfield Main Colliery from 1982 until its closure.

On March 23 next year, former miners will join together at the Wombwell Station Lane Club to mark the 40th anniversary since the strikes.

Neal has managed to locate the old NUM banner, which is currently being assessed to see if it’s suitable to be used on the day, but he’s now on the hunt for the women’s support banner.

He said: “We’ve lost track of the women’s banner.

“Nobody knows if it’s in existence anymore or even if it’s just stuck in someone’s garage or loft.

“I’ve been trying to find it for the last few months – both on Twitter and in person – but I’ve not managed to get anywhere with it.

“It would be great if we were able to use it on the day – it belongs in the area, it’s such a great mining community.”

If you happen to know the whereabouts of the banner, contact the Chronicle on 734262 or email jacktolson@barnsley-chronicle.co.uk.