He told the BBC: "There were riot shields and batons against men in trainers and plimsolls. Young men, the salt of the earth.
"I was arrested and thrown in jail with shackles on me... the police officer just stood me up, give me a number, photographed me.
"His first words were, 'do you know any trade union leaders? Do you know any communists?' Straight up.
"This was Britain, anybody would think this was South Africa or some fascist state, this was Britain."
Lord Tebbit, who was employment secretary at the time of the strike, said if the National Union of Mineworkers had had a sensible leader the government could have negotiated a better way of reducing the size of the industry.
The dispute began in March 1984, with news that Cortonwood pit near Barnsley was to close - within days, half the country's mineworkers had walked out.
But the strike also caused divisions among miners themselves. Some were unhappy that Arthur Scargill had not called a ballot, and Nottinghamshire colliers led moves to set up a breakaway body, the Union of Democratic Miners. Bitterness still exists; in extreme cases, NUM fathers refused to speak to UDM sons.
By the end of the stoppage, 20,000 people - miners and police officers - had been injured. A book, published to mark the anniversary, claims news of the Barnsley closure was a "mistake".
Marching To The Fault Line says the National Coal Board (NCB) never intended to include Cortonwood in the list of pits to be closed at that time.
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