Midlothian’s 100 Objects - A victimised miners’ event poster

A template poster for a victimised miners' pre-gala social to be held in Mayfield Labour Club on 9 June 1989. Photo: James Hogg/Scran

A template poster for a victimised miners' pre-gala social to be held in Mayfield Labour Club on 9 June 1989. Photo: James Hogg/Scran

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During the miners’ strike of 1984-1985 there were a number of sacked miners in East Lothian and Midlothian.

After the strike ended attempts continued to benefit the sacked men. Social evenings and gala days were amongst the means in which money was raised to aid the sacked men.

This was the template poster for a victimised miners’ pre-gala social to be held in Mayfield Labour Club on June 9, 1989. It is appears that the figure holding a flag is Marianne, a symbol of liberty. The flag bears the legend ‘SOCIALISM’ and is surrounded by the text: ‘WITH PRIDE AND DIGNITY WE FIGHT – SCOTTISH MINERS’.

The attempted reform in 1984 of Britain’s coal mining industry by the Conservative Government led to a trade dispute which lasted more than a year.

Many miners were sacked and within a decade the number of men working underground had reduced dramatically. Many believe that the defeat of the union was a deliberate political strategy.

Photo: James Hogg/Scran

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