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Coal Not Dole Exhibition Launch

Wednesday March 5 2014

A SPECIAL exhibition on the miners' strike of 1984/85 is on show at Experience Barnsley.

The 'Coal Not Dole' exhibition explores the story of the Barnsley women who formed their own powerful group to support the striking miners and their families.

Thousands faced job losses from pit closures in the 1980s, but Barnsley's women fought back with a campaign that gained international support.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for development, environment and culture, said: "Visitors will be able to relive the year of the strike through the eyes of the Women Against Pit Closures movement."

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Reply Posted by Tom on Monday February 24 2014 at 17:05
People wanted coal instead of the dole.

We've got the dole and not the coal.

If they offered us money to dig an' hole.

And then to fill it back in.

Many would be off of the dole.

And they would still get accused of scroungin'

Reply Posted by Phil on Friday February 28 2014 at 20:13
Tom, first two lines are ace, the rest is bollocks

Reply Posted by MAGGIE FOREVER on Sunday March 2 2014 at 00:15

Reply Posted by sid on Sunday March 2 2014 at 00:31
Wish it was Maggie! I've still got 3 coal fires and its flaming expensive to keep them burning these days.!

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday March 5 2014 at 13:54
Think of your health get central heating, keep begging my grandparents to get theirs taken out but they won't do it keep saying the same think of your health

Reply Posted by kath on Wednesday March 5 2014 at 14:29
My cousin in Australia as just shared this story with me. My late uncle fred told me a hilarious tale which he could hardly finish for giggling, about a day on a Barnsley picket during winter 1984. Snow was deep n to amuse them themselves the picketers had build a row of snowmen pickets with the usual pieces of coal to make eyes, nose and mouth. Up until this stage the cops had been local lads the majority close relatives of the strikers and supported them 100%. The local cops had therefore got with the playful spirit n donated truncheons and helmets to make the snowmen look like stand-in cops, maybe while the real cops sat in their warm cars. However the government had already twigged to these close relationships betweenpicketers and cops n had begun to draft Iin cops from anywhere where the government thought there was less support for the strike. So, one day in Barnsley there was these 4 snowmen all dressed up in genuine coppers uniforms while the real ones where sitting in their cars drinking coffee n big brazen cop from the south comes to investigate the line. Chief super n a big guy. At the sight of these snow cops he goes bright red in the face n demands to know whats going on. Our sullen and defiant barnsley lads refused to answer. So chief super barks "TAKE THEM DOWN" Barnsley lads just glared. "If you dont take them down" says the southern cop "I shall smash em down" so big cop gets in his car, starts it up and aiiming it right at the biggest snowman roared straight in to it. Only problem for big cop was, THAT snowman was the biggest and best cos it was built round a bollard!

Reply Posted by ju on Wednesday March 5 2014 at 22:54
Sick Of Hearing About This, For Gods Sake Move On, The Pits Are Gone, Scargill Was Knew Everything, He Knew The Pits Would Be Shut. The Miners Wete Taken In, They Lived In Poverty While He Lived It Up...My Father Died In The Pits, His Name Is On No Memorial.

Reply Posted by chickadee on Friday March 7 2014 at 15:24
There are hundreds of people who died in the pits whose names are on no memorial, not just your father.
Have you been part of a project to raise money for a memorial? No, well that'll be why there isn't one. Disaster or accident at work memorials do not pop up like mushrooms. You want one for him? You need to organise it.

Reply Posted by Fred on Friday March 7 2014 at 13:09
Well said!

ipso Regulated