Min­ers’ strike ev­i­dence trawl

Ayrshire Post - - Cumnock And Doon Valley -

Peo­ple badly im­pacted by the min­ers’ strike of 1984 can at­tend a sum­mit in Cum­nock this Fri­day.

An in­de­pen­dent re­view has been com­mis­sioned by the Scot­tish Govern­ment into the im­pact of polic­ing in af­fected com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the pe­riod of the min­ers’ strike from March 1984- March 1985.

As part of this re­view, ev­i­dence is sought from in­di­vid­u­als and rep­re­sen­ta­tive groups to learn about the ex­pe­ri­ences of lo­cal min­ing com­mu­ni­ties. A lo­cal en­gage­ment event has been ar­ranged for Fri­day at Cum­nock Town Hall at 5: 30pm.

East Ayr­shire Coun­cil Leader Dou­glas Reid said: “If you were a miner, a res­i­dent in a min­ing com­mu­nity, a po­lice of­fi­cer, or were af­fected by or in­volved in the strike in some other way, please come along.

“The 1984/ 85 min­ers’ strike is widely re­garded as hav­ing been one of the UK’s most sig­nif­i­cant in­dus­trial ac­tions in re­cent times and the con­se­quences of the dis­pute have been long last­ing, not least of all in the min­ing com­mu­ni­ties of East Ayr­shire.

“Whilst things have moved on, the mem­o­ries and scars re­main and this Re­view will hope­fully pro­vide some un­der­stand­ing.”

Golden wed­ding Coun­cil­lor Jim McMa­hon vis­ited Robert and Es­ther McCul­loch from Cum­nock re­cently to pass on con­grat­u­la­tions as they cel­e­brated 50 years of mar­riage. The cou­ple was pre­sented with a bas­ket of flow­ers on be­half of East Ayr­shire Coun­cil. Our pic­ture shows from left coun­cil­lor McMa­hon with Es­ther and Robert.

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