Miners’ strike evidence trawl
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.