A group of miners sharing a joke at Wearmouth Colliery on the last week of production before closure- November 1993.A group of miners sharing a joke at Wearmouth Colliery on the last week of production before closure- November 1993.
A group of miners sharing a joke at Wearmouth Colliery on the last week of production before closure- November 1993. | Les Golding

16 reminders of the collieries of the North East- 40 years since the miners' strike

The miners' strike is in the news again on its 40th anniversary. But can you remember what life was like in these North East collieries?

It was an industry which characterised the North East for decades.

But in 1984 more than 140,000 miners across the country went on strike to oppose the colliery closure programme backed by Margaret Thatcher.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the historic industrial action, NewcastleWorld has 16 photographs depicting the collieries of the North East- thanks to the Shields Gazette, Sunderland Echo, Hartlepool Mail, Newcastle Libraries and Tyne & Wear Archives.

The pits may be long gone but the memories live on for many North East families.

Did you work in one of these pits? What about your family members?

Have a look and let us know your memories.

But in 1984 more than 140,000 miners across the country went on strike to oppose the colliery closure programme backed by Margaret Thatcher.