Miners’ strike: Valley community and gay activists’ enduring friendships

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10/01/2022

Almost four decades have passed since the 1984 miners’ strike but the unlikely friendships forged between a south Wales community and gay activists from London are as strong as ever. The 2014 film Pride told how group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) raised thousands for striking miners in the Dulais, Neath and Swansea valleys. A new documentary has captured how what began with a shared hatred of the Thatcher government has grown into long-lasting friendships. Photographer Roger Tiley spent a year filming everyday life in the upper Dulais Valley in Neath Port Talbot. His documentary Pride in our Valley focuses on the community as they witness the closure of their opencast mine, once the lifeblood of the valley. He also captures the lifelong bond between members of LGSM and the former miners on a visit to Swansea Pride.

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