July 31 2014 Latest news:
Kath Sansom, .
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Seventy-five people from across Fenland came together to celebrate the achievements of trade unionism.
Members of Banner Theatre performed their 40th anniversary production Burning Issues in which they re-visited the striking mining communities they supported in 1984 to commemorate their historic struggle to protect jobs and communities.
Norfolk folk group, the Hoolahans, with their popular mix of protest and well known folk songs, added to the entertainment while a number of campaign stalls and photographic exhibitions of the strike were also displayed.
The free entry festival, organised by the Wisbech, March and District Trade Union Council, recreated the atmosphere of a trade union social club within the Rosmini Centre in Queens Road, Wisbech.
The festival was opened by Megan Dobney, regional secretary at the TUC for the South and East of England.
Paul Winter from Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign explained why former miners are seeking justice over the handling by South Yorkshire Police, of Hillsborough fame, of picketing at Orgreave Coke Works during May and June 1984.
The festival concluded with a Question Time style discussion on the future for the trade union.