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Video: Celebrate the Struggle – Fight for Justice

An afternoon of music, politics, memories and laughs to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike.  Jointly presented by Sussex LRC and Brighton, Hove & District Trades Council with all monies raised being donated to the Kent Miners’ Festival and the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.

Speakers & performers: Bob Crow (RMT), Simon Weller (ASLEF), Robb Johnson, the Malthouse Duo with Charlie Anderson, Terry Harrison (Betteshanger NUM), Liz French (Betteshanger Women Against Pit Closures), Joy Hurcombe (Labour CND), Gary Cox (Kent Miners’ Festival), Adriano Merola Marotta (one of the Sussex 5) and Kate Smurthwaite.  Chairs: Claire Wadey and Andy Richards.

Recorded Saturday 8 March 2014

  1. Simon Weller – Deputy General Secretary and National Organiser for ASLEF
  2. Bob Crow – General Secretary of the RMT
  3. Robb Johnson – Sussex’s favourite protest singer/songwriter
  4. Solidarity statement from Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the TSSA
  5. Thatcher’s Prayer
  6. The Malthouse Duo with Charlie Anderson
  7. Terry Harrison – Secretary, Betteshanger NUM
  8. Liz French – Betteshanger Women Against Pit Closures
  9. Liz French sings Cole Not Dole
  10. Joy Hurcombe – National vice-Chair, Labour CND (starts off-camera but audible throughout and well worth your attention)
  11. Gary Cox – Chairman, Kent Miners’ Festival asking everyone to “dig deep for the miners” once again
  12. Adriano Merola Marotta – one of the Sussex 5
  13. Kate Smurthwaite – comedian and activist
  14. Communal singing finale led by Robb Johnson, Liz French, Tony Dines & Ellen
  15. Liz French thanks Brighton for a wonderful afternoon and continued support
  16. Andy Richards – President of Brighton, Hove and District Trades Council, concluding the event
  17. Tony Dines leading the singing of The Red Flag
  18. View our photos of the event
  19. Watch the report broadcast by Meridian (ITV News)
  20. Finally, below is the Brighton Argus report on the event, published 10 March 2014, prior to the sudden death of Bob Crow on Tuesday 11 March 2014:


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  1. Jan & Chris Mears permalink
    15/03/2014 17:11

    We were privileged to be at the LRC on Saterday 8th March to see Bob Crow & hear him talk.

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