The search for justice – an ex-miner’s first-hand account of the Battle of Orgreave

An ex-miner described the brutal events that he witnessed at the Battle of Orgreave as the ‘worst day of his life’, during a talk about the infamous Miners Strike.

Kevin Horne, 68, gave an eye-opening account of the clashes with police, where he and 94 others were arrested on 18 June 1984.

Reflecting back on his arrest, he said: “Throughout the day we could hear doors slamming and people crying out. The lad in my cell took to drink and died shortly after. He could never get over the strike.”

“There was blood, sweat and urine all over the place. It was full of men covered in blood. That was the worst time seeing them lads like that. It was the worst day of my life.”

The talk was set up by Sheffield University’s Socialist Students society and is in connection with the Death of Justice rally.

The rally which is being held on the one-year anniversary of Amber Rudd’s decision to not approve an inquest into the Battle of Orgreave is scheduled for 31 October.

Joe Rollin, leading the event, who is also an organiser for Unite the Union, said: “There were 11,313 miners arrested during that year and a lot of them were blacklisted from jobs, never to work again.”

“We are still living with the consequences of losing that strike and we hope we can get some justice.”

Kevin and Joe believe that an inquest is now only feasible under a Labour government and feel it would be a good start to repairing the relationship between South Yorkshire Police and the old mining communities.

The march starts at Devonshire Green at 5:30 pm on 31 October and will head to the Sheffield Law Courts before an after-party organised by the campaigners will bring the night to an end.

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