A striker and a police officer share a smile. Later that the, one of the biggest confrontations between the striking miners and the police was to see a decisive moment in the strike, and possibly a defining moment in recent British history, marking the end of a way of life for so many families and communities.
I used to work with an ex-miner and he swore that a lot of the ''cops'' were actually soldiers drafted in.
Interesting that none of the cops here have epaulette numbers, whereas in a Google Images search of The Miners' Strike, they're overwhelmingly to be seen.
Politics.ie is one of Ireland's leading politics and current affairs discussion websites with more than 600,000 visitors a month. Founded in 2003, Politics.ie has one of the most engaged, respected and influential politics and current affairs communities.