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Friday, February 14, 2014

Burning Issues - Miners Strike 30 years on

Dear Commonty 
Please find below details of a film being sponsored by Dumfries Trades Union Council to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984/5 Miners Strike. The film, Burning Issues, has been developed by Birmingham-based Banner Theatre, and is a video ballad production, which seamlessly interweaves archive film footage, interviews with former miners, their families and supporters, and specially written and performed music and song.
The 1984/5 Miners Strike was the most significant industrial dispute of the late twentieth century and the defeat of the miners led to the rundown of the mining industry and the impoverishment of many mining communities. The film is a celebration of the solidarity, resourcefulness and resistance of mining communities throughout the strike, which lasted for more than a year, and allows miners and their families to speak for themselves twenty years on from the strike and to reflect on what it has subsequently meant to them and their communities. Burning Issues is being screened at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th March at the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries and will be followed by a discussion of the implications of the strike thirty years on, led by Scottish TUC Assistant General Secretary Dave Moxham. 

I hope you are able to include information about the film on the site. It is a potent lesson in recent political history and an inspiring account of 'community'. 

Thanks Ian Gasse for Dumfries Trades Union Council

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