Miner’s Strike Commemorative Painting

This painting by Geoff Gibbons of Coventry was produced to commemorate the 1984-1985 Miners' Strike. It was possibly entitled Solidarity. It is a tribute, in particular, to the support given by railwaymen from the Mantle Lane freight depot at Coalville, Leicestershire, to striking miners in the Coventry mine at Keresley, Warwickshire. It documents the demonstration of local solidarity between members of three trade unions: the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Railwaymen and the Associated Society Of Locomotive Engineers And Firemen.

The work is remarkable in that it adopts the centuries-old trade union emblem tradition, making this one of the finest strike paintings in recent times.

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