There was sadness on the streets of Easington today as the news broke that Terry Hatcham, the last miner to stay on strike, had died following a heart attack.
Mr. Hatcham, who worked at the local pit from the age of 16, was a key member of the picket lines during the miners’ strike of 1984. When the strike was resolved in 1985, he refused to believe the National Union of Mineworkers had relented and continued to cut a lone figure beside the brazier until 1995 – when Arthur Scargill himself visited the area to inform him the strike had been broken.
Residents of the area remember Terry’s lone protest and their attempts to get him to come off the waste ground he rapidly began to call home. Former co-worker Nigel Robson remembers trying to persuade him to come in from his one-man picket line.
“We told him the strike was done and to come down to the club for a pint.” Said Mr. Robson. “He wouldn’t have any of it, continually calling us ‘scabs’ for breaking his line and occasionally attempting to rush a police car when one went past.”
“You’ve got to admire his commitment.” Added Phil Howdon, another former miner. “Even when the pit closed, he said it was all a ploy by Maggie Thatcher to get him to stand down. When they took down the headgear, he said it was ‘just Tory trickery’ and ‘full of mistakes that a real miner would never fall for.’ Once Arthur visited and told him to stand down, he eventually realised we’d not been lying for the last ten years and after a couple of verses of ‘The Red Flag’ he came off the land. It really pleased Asda, who’d been itching to put a supermarket on it.”
Mr. Hatcham’s funeral will take place next Tuesday, with the Colliery Brass Band reforming to play for his cortege. While Labour Leader Ed Milliband and Arthur Scargill were both scheduled to attend, it has come to light that neither will as they fail to remember the way “up north”.
Final Striking Miner Dies
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There was sadness on the streets of Easington today as the news broke that Terry Hatcham, the last miner to stay on strike, had died following a heart attack.Posted 3 months ago #
Nice work, James.Posted 3 months ago #
Poor old Terry Hatcham :(Posted 2 months ago #
Nicely donePosted 2 months ago #
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