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Miners Strike 1984

This was the most bitterly contested dispute, in modern history

Roland Laycock - One of the best songs to come out of the miners strike
Bruce Valde - 1984 Strike Brass Lantern

Roland Laycock
5 Nov 2019
One of the best songs to come out of the miners strike


1. It was in nineteen-eighty-five, all in the wintertime,
The miners were out striking, their jobs were on the line,
And those out on the picket line at the Alamo,
Built themselves a mascot and they made him out of snow.

Chorus: I'll sing you about the snowman,
His part in the struggle long ago,
I'll sing you about the snowman,
The hero of the Alamo.

2. There was a Police Super, a mean and moody cop,
The type for cutting corners if it got him to the top,
He sat in his Range-Rover with the heater turned full on,
And watched the pickets freezing, it was his idea of fun.

3. When the Super saw the snowman, his face it turned bright red,
For the snowman had a bobby's helmet on its head,
And the pickets saw him watching and shouted with a smile,
‘Here's the finest bloody bobby that you'll meet in many a mile.’

4. The Super ordered, ‘Shift it!’, in voice all harsh and rude,
The pickets told him, ‘Stuff it!’ with a gesture rather lewd,
So he revved up the Range-Rover and he stuck it into gear,
And drove it at the snowman and the pickets standing near.

5. But the Range-Rover it stopped with a god-almighty crash!
The bumper and the bonnet buckled right back to the dash,
For the heart of the snowman, so pure and white and sweet,
Was a very solid gatepost made of reinforced concrete.

6. Well, that fixed the Super, he was a broken man,
He became a laughing stock, his hopes went down the pan,
And though you shouldn’t laugh at other people’s grief,
It warmed the pickets’ hearts and brought them some relief.

7. Well, the miners lost the battle, though the tales will long be told,
Of how they fought the government, the hunger and the cold,
And sometimes one'll laugh and say, ‘But, lad, it weren’t half grand,
When the Super met the snowman at the miners' last stand!’

Bruce Valde
18 Feb 2014
1984 Strike Brass Lantern

You might find this interesting.  My name is Bruce, I am an organizer for IWW (Industrial Workers of the World ) in Bay Area, California.

We have several recycling plants in the union.

Two days ago one of the workers noticed a small bag in a pile of metal to be recycled.

In the bag was a miniature brass lamp.  On the plaque attached is inscribed - Notts N.U.M., and below -  1984 Strike

Can you tell me anything about this piece?  It is the size of a AA battery and has a loop on top. 

Quite extraordinary I think.  I remember the strike well.  I was living near Los Angeles at time.  I now live in Oakland, California

Thank you

Fionn I have this miniature all brass lamp as well but it is 8cm high and 2 ½ cm wide more than twice the size of the other lamp which had no lettering.  On the circular shield it has clasped hands for unity and around the edge is Notts NUM at the top and at the bottom 1984 strike. These were made no doubt by someone for the NUM for a purpose, but when I don't know, but obviously in 1984 as the strike finished in 1985.
Cheers for now

Photo of lamp from Bob Bradley

You could contact the National Union Of Mine Workers, Nottingham Area



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