Appeal for strike support groups banners

An appeal has been launched to trace Durham’s miners’ support group banners from the 1984-85 strike.

Founded and led by women, support groups ran in communities across the coalfield and were critical in sustaining the strike, feeding and clothing people and maintaining morale.

Banners were created for many of the groups. 

An event is planned to celebrate the groups and the role of women to mark the 40th anniversary of the strike next March.

Ahead of then, the Women Against Pit Closures (WAPC) 40th anniversary group is organising for banners to be gathered together and photographed at the Glebe Centre in Murton on 6 November.

The group is particularly keen to trace banners from the west of the county, including Leadgate and Burnhope.

Anyone who has a banner, or knows where one is, is asked to contact Mary Stratford via email to [email protected] or by phone on 0191 3882530.

Arrangements can be made to collect and return the banners.

Pictured above is the Durham Miners Support Groups banner at the 1985 Durham Miners Gala.