Christmas Party 1984
Christmas Party 1984. Easington women who ran the kitchen and cafe in the Colliery Club.
The need wasn't anticipated at the start of the strike, but throughout Britain for twelve months, resourceful mining communities without wages, found the wherewithal to feed and clothes themselves. With help from local businesses, trade unionists and well-wishers, the cafe served up to five hundred lunches to striking miners and their families, five days a week for a year, as well as organising discounted clothes and shoes and parties and days away for children.
left to right standing: Margaret Defty, Isobel Parkin, Lorna Ruddell, Diane Vout, Joan Barnes, Denise Gregory, Sylvia Liddle, Myrtle McPherson, Heather Wood, Margaret Foster, Jackie Parkin, Mickey Barker and Joyce Churchill.
sitting: Linda Smith, Joan Wilkie, Ina Coston, Audrey Sillito, Marilyn Johnson, guest, and Helen Roberts, guest.
On the rear of the card there is another photograph:
Lunchtime during Christmas Holidays
Lunchtime. Christmas Holidays. Easington Colliery Club.
One of a set of eight greetings cards using photographs from:
No Redemption: The 1984/5 Miners' Strike in the Durham Coalfield
Pictures by Keith Pattison and words by David Peace
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