Miners celebrate Thatcher's funeral

Members of the Durham Miners' Association react to Lady Thatcher's funeral.

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Full Report: Easington miners celebrate Thatcher's funeral

Flags were flying at half mast across the country today - but the councils in Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham and York did not lower their flags for the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

In Easington, ex-miners celebrated - to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of Easington Colliery - and the death of the woman they say led to its decline.

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Miners' event was "100% celebration" of Thatcher's death

Miners outside an event held in Easington in County Durham said they are celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher. An event was planned on this day even before the death of the former Prime Minister, marking 20 years since the pit closed.

However, one man who was arriving at the event said it was now "100% celebration for Thatcher."

He added: "Thatcher treated us with bad taste, closed all our mines, decimated our villages, and stopped our youth getting jobs."

Miners display "Thatcher's Prayer" banner on day of her funeral

Members of the Durham Miners' Association put up a banner displaying a "Thatcher's Prayer" in protest over the way her policies affected mining communities in the North East.

Miners unveil the banner in Easington Colliery Credit: ITV

The poem is a parody of the speech Margaret Thatcher famously gave on the steps of Downing Street after her election as Prime Minister in 1979 - which quoted St Francis of Assisi.

The miners' version reads:

"Where there are pits, may we bring destruction,

"Where there are communities, may we bring strife,

Where there is work, may we bring unemployment,

"Where there is hope, may we bring despair."

The Durham Miners' Association held an event on the day of the funeral to mark 30 years since the colliery closed Credit: ITV


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