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Easington Under Siege

The County Durham pit village of Easington spent the strike year as a miniature police state as officers flocked in to enforce Thatcher’s assault. Four decades on, the scars run deep.

Photo courtesy of Mark Seddon

The noise and the thick black dust, shimmering and sparkling when hit by the light, were almost overwhelming. Just in front, a mighty mining machine continuously rotated along the thick face, its teeth ripping into the wall of coal, whereupon it then loaded great chunks of the black stuff onto a conveyor to take it […]

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