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March to remember miners' strike

More than 150 former miners and their families have marched through a West Yorkshire community to remember the miners' strike 25 years on.

People united to walk from the site of a former colliery in South Kirkby to a memorial in the town centre.

The strike started in 1984 when miners and the government became locked in a bitter and often violent dispute over plans to close pits.

Mark Jones, whose son was killed during the strike, joined the march.

He said: "The first week of the miners' strike he got killed on a picket line and these people have helped me get through it over the past 25 years and that's what today is about.

"They are a tremendous bunch of people. I have more respect for them than I do for anybody.

"That's why I'm here today to pay tribute to them."

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