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Strike campaigner to give talks at two coastal venues

PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 October 2017

Police greeting pickets as they arrive on the hill heading to the Orgreave Coking Plant near Rotherham during the miners disputes. Picture: PA Wire

Police greeting pickets as they arrive on the hill heading to the Orgreave Coking Plant near Rotherham during the miners disputes. Picture: PA Wire

A campaigner will be giving talks in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft that will look at the 1980s miners’ strike and the controversial ‘Battle of Orgreave’.

John Booth, of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, will be giving a talk on Friday, October 13 at the Kings Centre in Queens Anne Road, Yarmouth from 6.45pm.

The next day Mr Booth will then be at Lowestoft’s Stella Maris Hall from 10am.

They have been organised by the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Trades Union Councils and Constituency Labour Parties and are free and open to all.

During the talk by Mr Booth, the short film The Battle of Orgreave will be shown.

It is said the film puts the record straight, as miners recount their own history, their economic and political struggles over decades and the trial they endured for 48 days in Sheffield when charged with riot at Orgreave, leaving them facing life imprisonment.

The film contains compelling testimonies, emotive cinematography, in depth analysis coupled with meticulous detail of the mass picket and the ensuing events of June 18 1984 at the Orgreave coking plant, the documentary also has unique footage of what is described as police violence during the picket.

Mr Booth’s talks will also cover many associated campaigns, such as the extent of blacklisting in the construction industry, the long and rocky road to gain justice for those who died and were left bereaved after the tragic events of the Hillsborough football stadium where many Liverpool supporters died and the Shrewsbury pickets that involved a building workers strike in the 1970s.

Well known actor Ricky Tomlinson of TV’s The Royle Family, whose made his life’s aim to secure a public enquiry in memory of his friend Des Warren who never recovered from being in prison for two years as part of the building workers strike.

A spokesman for the events said: “All these campaigns have one thing in common, that the labour movement is a people’s movement composed of individuals whether directly involved or not, demanding that voices from the past should be heard and addressed with reparations for past wrongs.”

The Great Yarmouth talk sees doors open at 6.45pm with tea and coffee before a 7pm start. The Lowestoft talk sees doors opening at 10am for a 10.30am start.

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