Saturday, 22nd June, 2013.


     Thirty years ago, our Welsh mining industry came to an end.   That was because our miners were part of the 1983 Strike.   The Strike was called to fight against the then Tory government from closing pits right across Britain.

One can see why street parties were held a few weeks ago to mark the death of Lady Thatcher.

A service of remembrance is being held to commemorate both the closure of the pits and the miners who died at Lewis Merthyr colliery in the 1950s.   A plaque will be unveiled to those who died in all mines in South Wales.

The once-proud mining-communities were devastated by the closures.   Work became scarce and contact between neighbours became less.   Perhaps that breakdown of community was part of the closures-plan.

And we are left with the Rhondda HeritagePark.

How appropriate were the words of Max Boyce’s song:  “The pit-head bath is a supermarket now”.

That is all I have to say this week, for this whole piece of our history has moved me greatly.

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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