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Short film will be shown to mark 30 years since strikes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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A SOUTH Derbyshire museum is set to screen a film commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1984 miners’ strike.

‘The Story of the Dirty Thirty’ will be shown in the conference room at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, in West Street, Swadlincote, on April 19, and tells the tale of the 30 Leicestershire miners who took the decision to join the strike organised by the National Union of Mineworkers. It is based on a book written by Ashby author David Bell.

Their decision to join other pitmen from around the UK in the strikes caused division among the community.

Paul Liversuch, from Newhall, who organised the showing, told the Mail: “I think it’s important people in the area see both sides of what happened during the miners’ strike.

“Let’s not forget that this was an industry that employed around 5,000 local people and had an impact on much of the working class in the area.”

Mr Liversuch, a member of the Socialist Labour Party, said the film would be of great interest to local historians and those wanting to understand the politics of the era, as well as the impact the strikes had on local communities.

He was also keen to stress that people of all ages and political beliefs were welcome to go along, and also offered a public invite to South Derbyshire’s Conservative MP Heather Wheeler.

He said: “Although it focuses on miners in Leicestershire, I firmly believe that the strike changed lives in South Derbyshire too, and that there was more that went on than what was reported by the media at the time. In my opinion, I think the miners lacked leadership, which caused the divide in opinion.

“The point in us showing this film is to put both sides of the story across. People might think we’re doing it for those that are left-leaning, but that’s not true. We’re open to anyone coming along and having a look at what was a significant piece of history in the area.”

The screening of The Story of the Dirty Thirty will start at 1pm on Saturday, April 19, at the Magic Attic and entry will be free. For more information call Mr Liversuch on 07790 031418.

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