Thank you to the Murton Banner Group for inviting me to speak at their 40th Anniversary of the Miners’ Strike event on Saturday, April 20th, 2024. 

Murton was built upon coal—a rural community transformed into a bustling township, attracting people from afar seeking work in the mines. 

The history of Murton mirrors the ebbs and flows of the economic, political, and social landscape of the coal industry, as well as the Labour and Trade Union movement. 

From its inception to the present day, it is evident that the sense of community, comradeship, and solidarity forged at the coalface remains steadfast in all those who call Murton home. 

Despite challenging times following the closure of Murton Colliery and the decline of heavy industry, the community spirit that drives our village, along with neighbouring mining communities, remains resolute and as strong as ever. 

Once again, thank you to the Murton Banner Group for organising another exceptional community event to honour and remember our history and heritage. 

Thank you also to Mark and Lonely Tower Film & Media for giving me permission to use the video of my speech. 

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