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Tranent event commemorates anniversary of miners’ strike

Fiona O'Donnell MP, Robert McNeill and David Costello.

Fiona O'Donnell MP, Robert McNeill and David Costello.

Labour party members in Tranent and supporters came together last week to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 miners’ strike.

The commemorative event, held at the Loch Centre on Thursday, was addressed by Fiona O’Donnell MP, Iain Gray MSP and local strike leader and former Labour councillor David Costello.

Several others, including former Tranent councillor Bishop Shepherd, spoke of their experiences of the dispute and the impact it had on Tranent and the surrounding villages.

Speaking after the event, local branch chair Robert McNeill said: “The 1984/85 miners’ strike had a major and long-lasting impact on the local men who were involved and the families and communities who gave them such fulsome support.

“Because of that great impact, we felt that it was important to mark the 30th anniversary of the dispute here in Tranent.

“This event, along with the accompanying exhibition, was an appropriate way to do that and I want to thank Fiona, Iain and Davie and everyone who attended and shared some of their experiences of the dispute.

“It was moving to hear the contributions of some of those who played a key role in the strike locally.

“It was also useful to hear from Iain and Fiona about the work they and Labour parliamentary colleagues are doing to pursue justice for the men who were wrongly arrested or convicted during the dispute.

“It is essential that the fight for justice continues, no matter how many years pass.”

 

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