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Erasing our memories of the Battle of Orgreave

Issue No. 2116

In May 1984 the police rioted in South Yorkshire. In what became known as the Battle of Orgreave, thousands of police baton-charged striking miners, who were picketing the local coking plant.

For many people Orgreave is remembered for this. However, there are some who want this memory to be erased. Last week, a planning application was submitted to build a complex on the site, including bars, restaurants, houses and artificial lakes.

Local Labour councillor Fred Wright says of the Battle of Orgreave, 'What we really need to do is forget it.' Ex-miners and local people who would prefer to see the Battle of Orgreave commemorated with a monument will be disappointed.


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What We Think
Tue 26 Aug 2008, 20:58 BST
Issue No. 2116
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