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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30 years since start of miners' strike

The miners' strike started in Yorkshire in early March 1984 and within days half the country's mineworkers had walked Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It's a hugely significant day in our region's history; today marks 30 years since the official announcement of the miners' strike.

Thousands of men refused to return to work at pits in the North East pits in protest at government plans to cut jobs.

It claimed the industry was unprofitable.

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