Welsh miners prepare to mark 30 years since the beginning of the Miners' Strike

Marine Colliery closed in 1989

Thirty years ago this week the National Coal Board announced a string of pit closures which led to miners across Wales and the UK downing tools for a bitter year long strike.

Many communities were torn apart by the industrial action.

Carole Green reports.

Stephen Thomas comes from a long line of miners in Ynysybwl and photographed the end of the South Wales coalfield.

Little trace remains of mines like Abernant Colliery

Watch: Wales This Week - Thirty Years of Hurt - on Monday on ITV