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.

On Friday 4 December, there was a joint presentation by LGSM & UNITE the Union's BASSA Branch (British Airways Stewards and Stewardesses Association). LGSM presented a donation of £2,500 and BASSA presented a further donation of £1,000. A further £700 has been raised from sales of the reprinted Mark Ashton Trust T-shirts at events we have attended over the last year.

Hefina was part of the backbone of the Neath, Dulais & Swansea Valleys Miners Support Group in 1984/85 and in life, a force of nature. For those who have seen the film Pride, her character is portrayed by the wonderful Imelda Staunton.

Her daughter Jayne has written a book that explores Hefina’s life through memories from friends and family members and photographs throughout her life. Hefina died on 5 October 2013, aged 83. Her death was just days before filming of the Pride scenes in Wales were due to start.