30 years since start of miners' strike

The miners' strike started in March 1984 and within days half the country's mineworkers had walked out in protest at pit closures. Thousands of men refused to return to work at pits in the North East pits in protest at government plans to cut jobs.

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The miners' strike remembered

It's 30 years since the start of a dispute which defined an era, the miners' strike. Industrial action began in response to government plans to close pits and reform an apparently unprofitable industry.

Many former miners claim that when the collieries died, so did their communities. Jonny Blair went to Easington to examine the legacy of the strike.

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