It changed the face of the south Wales valleys forever - and scars still remain.
And tomorrow night,the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike will be marked by events in the Swansea and Upper Dulais Valleys.
Miners’ champion, and former secretary of the Tower Lodge NUM, Tyrone O’Sullivan, who helped lead the fight against the closure of the region’s mines, said 240,000 mining jobs were lost in the five years after the strike.
He added: “The real tragedy is that many never ever worked again.”
Mr O’Sullivan will be at an event held at Godregraig Workingmens’ Club to mark the event, where he will be joined by MPs Peter Hain and Sian James - whose husband was then a working minder - and Gwenda Thomas AM, as well as former South Wales NUM vice president Terry Thomas.
Cor Y Gyrlais, and Huw Parkman, provide entertainment.
Wayne Thomas, general secretary
NUM South Wales said: “There are many events commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Miners’ Strike taking place throughout the UK.
“I am sure that this event in the Swansea Valley will attract many people who have vivid memories of that difficult period.
“Our communities came together during that difficult time, as they did with other tragic events more recently. Hopefully, we will see the community come together for this event as well”.
In the Dulais Valley, Swansea Women’s History Group will screen a documentary made by members during the year-long struggle.
The film, Smiling and Splendid Women, features the experiences of women’s support groups from the Swansea, Neath and Dulais Valley.
It will be introduced by two of the film makers, Gail Allen, now a trustee of Women’s Aid, and Jen Wilson, who became founder of Jazz Heritage Wales.
Ursula Masson, the group’s inspirational leader, died in 2008.
Clips from the video were featured in the new Manic Street Preachers video Anthem for a lost Cause.
The screening takes place at Dove Workshop in Banwen, from 6pm.