Miners’ story is striking

Stand off at bilston Glen during miners strike
Stand off at bilston Glen during miners strike

A new documentary telling the story of the Miners’ Strike in their own words is to be screened at the Hippodrome in Bo’ness.

‘Still the Enemy Within’ (15) is a universal tale of ordinary people standing up for what they believe in.

It challenges us to look again at our past so that, in the words of one miner, ‘we can still seek to do something about the future’.

The film illustrates a unique, uplifting and ultimately sad insight into the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike, through the eyes of those involved – not experts or politicians.

Scottish born director Owen Gower has used people with first-hand experience to portray what happened during what is known as Britain’s darkest period in politics, rather than relying on main stream media coverage and articles.

He said: “We are immensely honoured to have worked with some of the finest people I have ever met and to have been allowed to tell their story.”

Alison Strauss, Hippodrome programmer, added: “We are particularly proud to be presenting this film, located in a town steeped in its own mining history.

“Many hereabouts will have worked in the pits themselves or known people that did.

“This story is powerfully told and is bound to resonate with everyone who sees it.”

The film screens on Sunday, November 2, at 2.30pm and will be preceded by an introduction by one of the film’s main contributors, Jim Tierney, a miner at Castlehill during the strike.