History of Betteshanger coal mine in England


This video from Britain is about:

Arthur Scargill looking back to the days when he was born and raised and telling us about the miners’ strike.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Proud piece of mining history

(Sunday 17 February 2008)

Sixty Years of Struggle: History of Betteshanger Colliery by Di Parkin
(Betteshanger Social Welfare Scheme, £4.99)

BETTESHANGER in Kent was the first deep coal mine that I ever went down. It was back in the 1960s and I was a guest of Communist Party members in the NUM branch there.

This modestly priced book is based partly on research and partly on personal interviews with miners, up to the age of 90.

It covers the whole history of the Betteshanger colliery, from its inception in the 1920s to closure in 1989.

Its consistent history of militancy is partly explained by the fact that its initial workforce was composed of blacklisted workers from other parts of Great Britain.

Australia: Damning evidence surfaces in Beaconsfield mine inquest: here.

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