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Posted by: Anindya Raychaudhuri at time: 09/04/2014 07:43
I am an academic researching the role played by British Asians in various political struggles including the Miner's Strike. I have come across a story that during the Miner's Strike - food and other donations for mining families were collected from Sikh temples, perhaps through the auspices of the Indian Workers' Association. Does anyone here have any memories of this? Many thanks, and solidarity.
Posted by: peter hall at time: 24/03/2014 19:30
I am the first generation from Murton not to go down the mine. I lost my north east NUM tie. Can I get a replacement please?
Posted by: NUM at time: 27/03/2014 11:48
They may still have ties available:- Mr D Hopper NUM North East Area PO BOx 6 Red Hill Durham DH1 4BB 0191 384 3515/3517
Posted by: john andrews at time: 17/03/2014 18:48
i am tryng to find out where when and how my father john andrews was killed underground in the 70s. he is buried in wortley leeds. any help would be apprieciated
Posted by: wayne bywater loyal cadeby num at time: 13/03/2014 15:09
R I P Bob Crow the working class movement as lost a good comrade
Posted by: jim southwell shirebrook num at time: 07/03/2014 19:31
any1 on here worked at shirebrook
Posted by: Mick shaw at time: 06/03/2014 15:46
A Lady i know was married to a miner , they divorced and he died young , she has a son who is the miners son, has she any claim on his pension thanks .
Posted by: CJRK at time: 07/03/2014 15:01
Dear Mick, It would be best if the lady contacted the Mineworkers Pension Scheme direct as they will be able to advise. There number is 0845 6064444
Posted by: Lawrence Knight at time: 05/03/2014 12:43
I want to welcome all the interest in the events commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 84/85 strike- The Kent event is on 5th May at the Ratling Club Aylesham from 12 noon onwards- Dennis Skinner is the main speaker, plus Aylesham Heritage Group and Music.
Posted by: Lawrence Knight at time: 03/03/2014 23:23
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the 84/85 strike. I am aware of commemorative events in March- The Kent event will take place on Monday 5th May at the Ratling Club, Aylesham. Dennis Skinner is the main speaker. Aylesham Heritage group are involved plus music in the evening. To all our friends and supporters in the South and London - all are welcome.
Posted by: Chris Skidmore Yorkshire Area NUM at time: 28/03/2014 17:21
Best Wishes for a successful event Lawrence hope your invite extends to your friends and comrades in the North!!!
Posted by: Linda Lauderdale at time: 28/02/2014 04:34
They are about to decide on a planning application in Wrexham which will allow drilling on an old colliery site. The Gresford mining disaster of 1934 saw over 200 miners killed and not all were rescued. Some miners remain in the ground and we are worried this drilling with disturb their resting place. If anyone can help to stop this drilling, please let me know. Drilling is their first step towards fracking. Thank you. Great website by the way
Posted by: pat powers at time: 27/02/2014 16:13
hi my father worked in bettshanger pit kent must be in the 40s i am asking if he would have been in a union because we are looking for a charity to help with a 3rd party top up for a reaidential home a shot in the dark but if anyone has any ideas please
Posted by: Graham brown at time: 25/02/2014 15:01
My email address is
Posted by: Graham brown at time: 25/02/2014 14:58
I am also looking for people I worked with at Markham Main around 1975
Posted by: Graham brown at time: 25/02/2014 14:50
I worked at Markham Main colliery Armthorpe Doncaster My fingers now are giving pain and was diagnosed as vibration white finger can I now make a claim
Posted by: Harry Eyre NUM Legal officer at time: 07/03/2014 15:09
Graham, You do not say when you were diagnosed with VWF. If this was more than 3 years ago you would be out of time to make a claim for damages against your former employer. However you would still be able to make a claim for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit for VWF (Prescribed Disease A11) The form can be obtained online or from your local office of Job Centre Plus. I hope that is helpful
Posted by: John Burrows at time: 17/02/2014 17:03
I'm not sure if my last post was accepted. Looking for info on Albert Burrows. I believe he was born in Bulwell and was a Miner in 1911. He was my Grandfather and listed on my Parent's Marriage cert as a "Coalboard official", (1954.) Who would I contact for further info please.
Posted by: John Burrows at time: 17/02/2014 16:58
I'm looking for Info on my Grandfather, Albert Burrows who I believe was born in the Bulwell Area approx 1896. He's listed on my Parent's Marriage cert as a "Coal Board Official", (1954.) If he is the one I believe then he is also listed in the 1911 Census as a Miner. I only met him once in about 1962, within a 35 mile radius North of Leicester. My Mother and Father split in '63 and she would never talk about his Son, My Father. I also believe we have relatives in the Coalville and Whitwick area. Who would I contact to find more info please?
Posted by: Mick Shaw at time: 10/02/2014 12:47
My pit closed in 1992 in 1995 i sued for deafness, my hearing is now a lot worse, can i sue again ?
Posted by: Harry Eyre NUM Legal Officer at time: 11/02/2014 11:21
Hello Mick, If you are talking about a benefit claim you have to submit the claim within 5 years of the date of last exposure to noise. If you are suing for damges at common law you must bring your claim within 3 years of the date you first knew that you were suffering from the disease. From the information you have provided it looks as though you are out of time.
Posted by: Mick Shaw at time: 17/02/2014 13:36
Thank you Harry .
Posted by: anne-marie woodward at time: 08/02/2014 12:26
kilnhurst colliery, does anyone remember my dad derek 'tiger' woodward
Posted by: Keith at time: 27/01/2014 20:04
Can anyone advise who are the best solicitors for dealing with industrial deafness I have just had an outfit cold call asking for 25% of anything I recieve
Posted by: A L Richards at time: 27/01/2014 11:38
Excuse the blatant self-promotion but I've published a book based on the 1984 strike entitled "Hope Now". More details are available at or on facebook at
Posted by: Esmee at time: 17/01/2014 16:41
Hello, I'm from the Netherlands, and me and a friend of mine are doing our pre-University thesis about Margaret Thatcher. Because we also discuss the situation of the miners during her government terms, we would love to interview someone who has knowledge about that, maybe a retired miner, someone from the NUM, or someone who was involved in the 1984 strike. If possible, we would love to know who we should contact. Could you leave an e-mailadress here in a respond? Thanks in advance, Esmee.
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