Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pictures From The Past : The Seismic Plates Of South Yorkshire


Yorkshire Miners Gala Parade : Doncaster 1982 (Alan Burnett)

There was a palpable feeling of being at the end of an era. Working class solidarity and hand-hewn coal scraped up against Thatcherite Britain like seismic plates itching for a fight. Within two years of these photographs being taken, that fight was in full swing and you can almost read the outcome on the faces of the marchers.

2 comments:

  1. Love the looks on their faces, especially in that second photo.

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  2. Very evocative photos, Alan. I was living in London in 1982_83 and though I knew nothing about the miners union, I recognized that this was a struggle between immoveable objects and unstoppable forces. It happens that I owe a great debt to the labour union actions of 1982 as a slowdown on the London Underground one evening gave me an opportunity to chat up a young woman on Victoria Station platform that eventually led me to meet my future wife (a different lady and a long story). Solidarity Forever!

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