On 18th June 2016, it will be 32 years since the police brutally attacked picketing miners at the Orgreave Coking plant in South Yorkshire during the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike. The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) are calling on supporters to join them in a march and rally for truth and justice on Saturday 18th June at 5pm at The Old Bridge, Orgreave Lane, Sheffield S13 9NE. Supporters are encouraged to commemorate the day when 95 miners were arrested and wrongfully charged and many others were violently assaulted and wounded by a police force charging on horseback and wielding truncheons.

Marking the 31st anniversary of the end of the 1984/85 British Miners’ strike, award winning choreographer Gary Clarke presents COAL, a fantastic dance theatre show which takes a nostalgic look at the realities of life at the coal face. COAL explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of the mining industry.

A new book, Pit Props: Music, International Solidarity and the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike, edited by Granville Williams, has been released by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF). Contributions from multiple writers, broadcasters and trade union activists explore the support that the NUM and striking miners received from musicians, artists and trade unionists across the globe in 1984-1985.

For many of those who have seen Pride the film, Gay’s The Word very much appears as one of the characters of the film and the shop was definitely a significant part of the LGSM story. So it seems appropriate to share this with those who visit our website, as Gay’s The Word enters its 38th year of trading – and exists now as the only exclusively LGBTQ+ bookshop in the UK.

The second instalment of the LGSM archive is our first archive release of 2016 and we hope you find this interesting.

This is the only other audio recording that we have from our 1984-85 existence as a group. It is a recording of a public meeting that was held on 19 October 1984 to raise support and funds for the Dulais Valley strikers and their families. This meeting took place at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square a week before the first LGSM visit to Wales and there was an audience of almost 250.