A former Easington miner, who went on strike for 12 months, describes not having the money to buy his children food and presents.
With the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike approaching, an exhibition of mining history has been held in County Durham.
Hundreds of people visited Easington's Welfare Club to see memorabilia and hear brass band music. The town's pit was the scene of many protests during the 1984 strike.
Police are currently at the scene of a four vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway of the A19 at Easington Services. Police advising drivers to avoid this area.
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 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."
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.
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."
Ex-miners will next week mark the 20 years since their pit closed, with a party in Easington in County Durham - on the day of Baroness Thatcher's funeral.
Alan Cummings, chairman of the Durham Miners' Association, said the timing of events was "remarkable" and "one of those quirks", though he added:
The party will be held on Wednesday at the Easington Colliery Club, in the former pit village, subject to the committee's approval, he said.
On Tuesday evening there will be another party for the women's groups who supported the striking miners, he said.
The pit in Easington Colliery, which was the setting for the film Billy Elliott, closed in 1993, with the loss of 1400 jobs and it is one of the most deprived parts of the country.
Mr Cummings, an ex-NUM Lodge secretary, said the event was not in poor taste and he had only received positive feedback.