Nearly three years after I first visited Goldthorpe, and my Big Issue in the North update on how austerity is impacting on the former mining community can be read here.
On another note, Eve Robertson, an actress whose father worked in the Cortonwood pit, got in touch.
She is planning a series of outdoor theatre events in the town on March 1, 2014. The aim of the project- called ‘Digging up Black Gold’ – will be to celebrate the area’s heritage, and bring back a sense of pride to Goldthorpe.
Here is some more information from Eve below:
“We aim to re-create a sense of community pride and spirit that The Dearne Valley area had during the dispute and acknowledge the strength and collective achievement of the community.
We are to reflect on the positives and aim to re-invigorate that sense of pride.
The group are to work with myself and four professional actors to collect memoirs from that period and present them as pop up theatre on the event day (Sat 1st March) at carefully selected locations in Goldthorpe.
Also as part of the event and to support the theatre pieces there will be a soup kitchen, exhibition where memorabilia will be on view, home footage shown of that time, youth brass band and involvement from the local schools.
I am originally from Broomhill, Wombwell in Barnsley and my father was a miner at Cortonwood pit (Dearne valley area).
This project is incredibly close to my heart as it is the participants and we are looking forward to showing the community images and stories of their collective achievements during the dispute. This event is sourced from the community, presented by the community and will be enjoyed by the community. An achievement Goldthorpe can be proud of.
We are holding two drop in days on Thursday 28th Nov and Thursday 5th Dec to ask residents of the Dearne valley area to come and chat to us. You are more than welcome to visit us between 2-6pm at the Union Jack Club to discuss the project further.”
I read a quote the other day that called the miner’s strike the most significant cultural event in the history of post-war Britain. Anyway, I’ll be attending the events – they sound interesting.