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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.
Former miner Alan Cummings says the strike in the mid-eighties is still an open wound.
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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