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Miners' strike march brings pit villages to a standstill

Hundreds parade through South Kirkby and South Elmsall
Hundreds parade through South Kirkby and South Elmsall Credit: ITV News Calendar

Traffic and shoppers stopped in South Kirkby and South Elmsall earlier to watch hundreds of people parade to mark 30 years since the miners' strike. Large banners were carried through the streets.

Brass band leads parade to mark miners' strike anniversary
Brass band leads parade to mark miners' strike anniversary Credit: ITV News Calendar

At the head of the procession was Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. The parade also included a wreath laying ceremony and speeches.

Hundreds stage parade to mark miners' strike anniversary

Several hundred people have paraded from South Kirkby to South Elmsall to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike. Among them were former mineworkers and their families including relatives of David Gareth Jones who died after being hit by a brick in 1984 while on a picket line.

The parade was headed by the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and was also held to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War and the 20th anniversary of the closure of Frickley Colliery.

Miners strike 30th anniversary parade

Former mineworkers and their families will parade through the streets of South Elmsall to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike.

The parade, will honour the anniversary of the strike as well as the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 20th anniversary of the closure of Frickley Colliery.

It is also being held to remember David Jones, a young miner from South Kirby, who was killed after being hit by a brick on the picket line in Ollerton in Nottinghamshire. Some of those taking part today will be wearing t-shirts with his name on.

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Bridge closure could cost lives, say campaigners

Campaigners in a town in West Yorkshire say if a bridge closes tomorrow it could cost lives.

Residents in South Elmsall gathered near the bridge, on Broad Lane, today, claiming the alternative route is unsuitable for heavy traffic. Network Rail is closing the bridge to allow the railway track to take freight trains. They want an emergency meeting with the rail company.

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