I WITNESS HISTORY

A series of audio dramas which look at historical events from the eyes and in the imagined words of those who were there, or who might have been there.

Last Mine Standing - March 4, 1985

Reader: Nicky Rafferty

Published on: March 4, 2018

The story of a hundred years of history in one miner’s cottage, 2 Meanley Road, Gin Pits, Lancashire, opposite the winding gear of the mine across the road.

And how on March Fourth, 1985, at the end of The Miners Strike, instead of slinking back to work, the Miners Unions “Marched Forth” Banners Flying, Silver/Brass Band music playing. Heads held high. Bloodied but unbowed.

(Lancashire Mining Museum is the last Coal Pithead Winding Gear left standing in Lancashire, possibly the whole of the country. It’s a listed Structure. Please visit if you can. And donate generously, if you can.)

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