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Andy McGregor-Taylor, who helped police picket lines around County Durham, says he and colleagues had a collection for the unpaid miners at Christmas in 1984.
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.
Thomas Dent, who used to work at Easington Colliery until its closure in 1993, reminisces at the site of the old mine.
Joan Marriott helped to run a food bank during the miners' strike.
Brenda McDonald was part of a women's support group during the miners' strike. She, and other volunteers, provided food parcels and organised collections for unpaid striking miners in Tyne and Wear. Even though she worked part-time, she has five children and says money was still a problem.
Andy McGregor-Taylor was new to the force in 1984 and worked the picket lines around County Durham.
A former Easington miner, who went on strike for 12 months, describes not having the money to buy his children food and presents.
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