First days picketing of the Notts coalfield

12th /13th March 1984

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Yorkshire NUM flying pickets at Bilsthorpe Colliery, 13th March 1984.  Photo Credit – Chad newspaper collection
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Minutes of Nottingham Area NUM Area Executive Committee, 12th March 1984. Source – Nottingham Area NUM Minute Book 1984, p83-84.
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Picket line at Blidworth Colliery, NCB North Nottinghamshire Area, w/c 12th March 1984. Photo Credit – Chad Newspaper collection.
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Nottingham Area NUM press release, 13th March 1984, condemning the type of picketing taking place in the Nottinghamshire coalfield. Source – David Amos collection.
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Nottingham Evening Post headlines, 14th March 1984. Source – David Amos collection.
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Flying pickets and police at the entrance to Ollerton Colliery, 13th March 1984. Photo Credit – Chad newspaper collection
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Working miners break through the picket line at Ollerton Colliery, 13th March 1984. Photo Credit – County under Siege (1985).
Archive news footage of the first days of picketing at Ollerton Colliery is on the Media for Central England (MACE) website at https://www.macearchive.org/films/central-news-east-14031984-miners-picket-lines

 

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Chad News headlines (Kirkby Edition), 15th March 1984. Source – David Amos collection
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Working miners pass the police line at Thoresby Colliery, 13th /14th March 1984. Photo Credit – Chad newspaper collection
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Headlines Notts Free Press, 16th March 1984. Source – David Amos collection
The flying pickets, some equipped with CB radios, descended on all of Ashfield’s pits on Tuesday evening, despite a plea from the Nottinghamshire NUM to keep away. They warned that the pickets would only bring a ‘no vote’ in Friday’s strike ballot.  Souce – Chad (Kirkby Edition), 15th March 1984.

 

“They have got no backbone. If miners jobs are threatened they should be out here like the rest of us. There should not need to be a vote”.  Quote from Cortonwood flying picket in the Chad (Kirkby News), 15th March 1984.

1984

Strike

1985

Fallout