A FORMER Grimethorpe teacher has released a book looking back on the troubles and triumphs following the announcement to close Grimethorpe pit.

Mel Dyke spearheaded a creative counter movement following the news in 1992 and was supported by the local community and celebrities throughout the country.

She was deputy head at Willowgarth High School and by encouraging writing, workshops and the arts, she helped children to pursue their educational aspirations and dreams.

Her book, The Grimethorpe Revival, catches up with some of those children and their famous supporters 20 years on, sharing the hopes, views, actions, memories and work of children during such difficult times.

"I hope it brings back some good memories because we had some good memories," Mel said.

"I hope it brings back some of the pride and community spirit that prevailed."