This week marks 30 years since the official start of the miners' strike. The bitter dispute saw 12 long months of industrial action for thousands of workers across the North East. No work equalled no pay.
Although some families received small amounts of money for picketing (and some had working wives), many in the community lost their main source of income. That meant financial hardship and frustration for men, women and children.
To help support their husbands, and each other, women's groups were set up across the North East, raising money, making hot food and preparing food bags. Part two in our series of specials hears the stories of the women behind the striking miners.