I went back to work because I never considered the strike to be legal. It was all done wrong. There was no ballot. A contributing factor was money. We were trying to live on seven pounds a week. With a family that's not just difficult. It's impossible.
A former Easington miner, who went on strike for 12 months, describes not having the money to buy his children food and presents.
Three decades after the official start of the strike, former miner Stephen Maitland says community divisions exist among men who observed industrial action for the full year and those who returned to work.
Forty years ago the British fishing industry suffered its worst ever tragedy when the trawler the MV Gaul sank in the Barents Sea with the loss of its thirty six man crew, including six from the North East.
To mark the anniversary the families of those involved will come together at a special memorial service this weekend.
Kenny Toal reports.