Share you memories of the Miners' Strike

It has been 25 years since the start of the 1984-85 Miners' Strike, one of the hardest fought and longest industrial disputes in British history – and we want to hear your memories of it.

After the Government called for the closure of 20 pits in 1984, the strike was the miners' union's last attempt to save 20,000 jobs. But jobs were not the only things at stake.

Entire communities, towns and villages throughout Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, as well as across Britain, were built around the coal industry.

Before the strike, the East Midlands was one of Britain's most important coal mining regions, boasting more than 30 working mines. Today, there are only three working pits.

In March 1984, more than 187,000 miners came out on strike across Britain.

When the strike ended a year later, more than 11,000 people had been arrested and, within just a few years, most of the pits had closed and tens of thousands of mining jobs were lost.

The strike divided communities with resentment and bitterness often running very deep. A murder in the former mining town of Annesley, Nottinghamshire, in 2004 was a result of an argument between a former union member and a former miner who broke the picket line.

We are preparing a special feature to commemmorate the strike and want to know about your experiences of the year.

Were you a miner? Did you strike? Did you refuse to strike? Were you at Berry Hill? Were you a woman in the mining community? Has life changed for better or for worse?

Please send us your stories, memories, opinions and photographs from the time.

You can email them to or send them to us at Eastwood Advertiser, 23 Nottingham Road, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, NG16 3AH.