This video from Britain is called From the Durham Miners – Margaret Thatcher an Obituary.
Mining community remembers legacy of Thatcher
Wednesday 17 April 2013
In death, as in life, Margaret Thatcher left Britain divided today as working-class communities gathered for huge parties to celebrate her passing while a rag-bag of royals, political and business leaders arrived in London to mourn her death.
One of the biggest parties marking Thatcher’s death was held at Easington Colliery in County Durham, where former miners held a seven-hour gathering.
Easington Colliery was the last pit to close in the once-mighty Durham coalfield.
A commemoration to mark the 20th anniversary of its closure in April 1993, had been planned for months. Thatcher’s death brought an added incentive for the party in the community’s local club were prices were cut for the celebrations to a pound a pint.
Miners also arrived at Easington from Yorkshire, some wearing the distinctive yellow and black “COAL NOT DOLE” stickers worn in the 1984-85 strike.
Dave Douglass, who worked at Doncaster coalfield for 35 years, said he was there to mourn her birth as “she represented the system that we are all still suffering under.
“I’m also here to commemorate the loss of this pit and every pit in Great Britain,” he said.
“I have been watching so much psychotic drivel on the news this morning talking about the names of each horse in the funeral.
“It’s the kind of stage-managed stuff we see in North Korea.”
Former mining communities in Yorkshire were also at the heart of celebrations.
At one event rockets with images of Thatcher pasted on to them were ignited and soared skywards, exploding in bursts of colour.
At Dodworth outside Doncaster, where the pit once provided more than 1,000 jobs and was the economic bedrock of the community, celebrations lasted all day, culminating in an evening concert.
Former miners at south Elmsall in West Yorkshire booked a local hotel for a party, laying on a free buffet to all who joined in.
And National Union of Mineworkers Yorkshire area chairman Chris Skidmore took part in celebrations at Higham, near Doncaster.
“I worked at Bullcliffe Wood, one of the six pits on the original hit-list before the strike,” he said.
“People remember Cortonwood – but Bullcliffe was one as well.
“The lads always said we’d have a toast with champagne when she went.”
Scottish miners celebrate Thatcher’s funeral with whisky and morbid jokes. Wreaths are laid at memorial to dead pitmen at Monktonhall as one sacked miner says: ‘She destroyed Scotland’: here.
Thatcher’s funeral: Pomp in the service of political reaction: here.
Senior Tory figures attempted to exploit the aftermath of Thatcher’s funeral to urge even more brutal anti-union laws today – but were branded “hypocrites” by leading trade unionists: here.
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