The exhibition about the miners strike put together by Richie Whitfield and Phil Turner opened in the Old Town Hall, South Shields today and it is really excellent. As well as a lot of old photographs and written material, the ‘Coal Not Dole’ videos are running constantly. We sold 22 copies of Socialist Worker and collected over £25 for the soup kitchen, which is brilliant. Most people who came today gave favourable comments, though one man said it was too one sided because there were no photos of pickets beating up police. Astonishing!
Whilst I was at the exhibition I had the chance to talk with members of the Westoe Miners Wives Support Group and told them of our plans to reopen the soup kitchen. They wished us luck but said they were too busy dishing out food tokens to help. Fair enough. Hopefully we’ll have enough money to start by the end of the month, just in time to meet ‘General Winter’.