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The Great Miner's Strike exhibition poster

Exhibition: The Great Miners' Strike in North Derbyshire 1984-85

4th - 27th March 2024, 10am to 4pm

Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre's are putting on an exhibition, ‘Solidarity and Community’ a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike 1984-1985. It is being held in the Market Hall Assembly Rooms Chesterfield from Monday 4th March to Wednesday 27th March 2024, 10am to 4pm.

This is a free event and with the funds raised Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centre's aim to take this exhibition on tour in 2024 around Derbyshire highlighting the incredible sacrifices made by members of our community to defend jobs.

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Spoke today at the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the Miners who died in the 1895 Blackwell Colliery disaster. 6 men and one boy died. One man who didn't go to work that day was Willie Layton. He wanted to stay fresh as he was playing football and trying to get a contract with Sheffield Wednesday. His friends perished. He went on tin league and Fa cup medals. The legend that is Fatty Foulke went to the same school as Willie in Blackwell. He went on to win honours with the Blades as well as playing cricket for Derbyshire. Thanks to Mark Metcalf, Michael Knighton and Blackwell Parish Council for putting on a superb commemoration.

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