Banner of the Linby Branch
Banners of the Nottinghamshire Area of the NUM
Made in 2008 by Paul Spencer, acrylic paint on cotton with a waterproof coat. 201 cm wide and 240 cm high.
The front is a copy of an earlier banner which was appropriated by the UDM and the words “National Union of Mineworkers” were obliterated and replaced with “Union of Democratic Miners”. A court order during the strike moved the assets of the NUM to the UDM.
It shows Joe Whelan, Past President and Secretary of the Linby Branch who later became the General Secretary of the Nottinghamshire Area of the NUM.
The back of the banner lists those who were on strike for the twelve months of the 1984/5 strike, including Dot Hickling, who worked in the canteen. All but one got their jobs back.
The banner was paid for through fund raising including a major donation by Professor Brian Towers, Nottingham University. Linby Colliery closed in 1988 with the loss of 800 jobs.
Thanks to Ron Clurow (ex Linby Branch Treasurer) for information
Nottinghamshire NUM Ex & Retired Miners Association
The sale of this card helps fund the Nottinghamshire NUM Ex & Retired Miners Association. 1st Floor, Byron House, Commercial Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 1EE www.nottscoalminingmemories.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 01623 416895
Thanks to the Nottinghamshire Area of the National Union of Mineworkers for permission to photograph this banner. Image copyright.
Photography by Martin Shakeshaft
Photography, design and print by unionised labour.
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