The Dirty Thirty, The Leicestershire Miners’ Strike: Film (50mins) & Discussion

18/09/2013 @ 6:30 pm
Foxlowe Arts Centre
Market Place
Leek, ST13 6AD
United Kingdom

LEN HOLDEN, Joint film maker, will introduce and lead discussion
following the screening of the


Only 30 of the 2,500 Leicestershire miners joined the 1984/85
national strike.

This is their story.

£4 entry – pay on the door or book in advance

This film, by Len Holden and Brian Langtry, is the compelling story of the only Leicestershire Miners to reject the call of their Union, The Union of Democratic Miners, to stay in work during the nationwide Miners strike of 1984. The name “Dirty Thirty” was given to them by former colleagues who saw their rejection of the UDM stance as an act of betrayal. Their treatment by former friends and neighbours and their unwavering belief in the justness of their cause forms the dramatic storyline of this film.Ultimately this brave, dogged and energetic small band and their colleagues from Kent, Yorkshire, Wales, Derbyshire and Durham were to fail in their bid to stop the Tory Government of Margaret Thatcher bringing the mining industry to its knees and decimating the communities that supported the strike. In the aftermath thousands of jobs were lost as pit after pit closed and the industrial map of England was changed forever.This film tells the story from the mouths of those who were part of this struggle.It is a compelling, tragic yet uplifting story brought to life by the `Bickering Brothers` aka Len Holden and Brian Langtry.