Miners' Memorial Day Campaign
Their needs to be a "special day" when the country remembers all those that gave
their lives to the Mining Industry plus all the miners who continue to suffer
from industrial illness associated with the winning of Britain's mineral
resources. In order to establish for such a Miners' Memorial Day a national
campaign has been started by John R. Kitching Associate Member of Durham Area
N.U.M. and Member of the National Mining Memorabilia Association.
John lives in the former mining village of Brandon, in County Durham and is well known for fundraising to have a replica banner made of the Browney Colliery Miners Lodge banner, which is paraded at the Durham Miners Gala every July, and assisting to locate a pit pulley wheel which serves as the villages Mining Memorial. He is also a keen collector of mining memorabilia and has long advocated that a Mining Heritage centre should be established in Durham City to promote "The County Built on Coal".
The Campaign to create a petition of names has started up and down the country, which shall be forwarded to 10, Downing Street, London in late Summer of 2005. (closing date is the 1st August 2005)
We hope a day will be set aside to remember all Mineworkers who gave their lives to the mining industry of Britain and to honour those who did so much for the wealth of this nation, including Miners who continue to suffer from related mining industrial diseases.
The Campaign has the endorsement of the the Durham Area of the National Union of Mineworkers and the backing of the Right Honourable Gerry Steinberg M.P. for Durham City who has tabled a motion to put pressure on the government for a "Special Day of Remembrance".
Anyone who would like to support the campaign and receive petition details please contact:
John R. Kitching
Campaign for a Miners Memorial Day
c/o. 11, Commercial Square, Brandon, Durham DH7 8QJ
Telephone: 01913780241 or Mobile: 07950430334
Campaign Publicity & Support Group Badges
To publicise the 2005 national campaign to have a Miners' Memorial Day one of the campaign's national organiser, John Kitching, is producing several publicity and support group badges. All proceeds raised by these badges will go into funding the national campaign. This campaign is totally none political in any way and is not linked to any political party.
A) Campaign For A Miners' Memorial Day - We Shall Not Forget Your Sacrifice - Britain's Forgotten Army.
A1) Badge Type: Printed Soft Enamel. Size: 25 mm Colour: Black, white & grey. Number Issued: 100. Issued Date: 2 February 2005. Issued By: John Kitching (NMMA Member). Contact Details: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0191 3780241. Price: £2 plus £0.50 for first class P&P.
A2) As for (A1) but with a yellow central field behind the miner and in the form of a 55 mm button type badge. Price: £1 inclusive of P&P. Discount for button badge orders over 20 badges.
B) National Campaign For A Miners' Memorial Day - Britain's Forgotten Army
B1) Badge Type: Printed Soft Enamel. Size: 25 mm Colour: Black, red, white, blue, pink and brown. Number Issued: Not limited. Issued Date: March 2005. Issued By: John Kitching (NMMA Member). Contact Details: e-mail email@example.com or telephone 0191 3780241. Price: £3 plus £0.50 for first class P&P.
B2) As for (B1) but as a 55 mm button type badge. Price: £1 inclusive of P&P. Discount for button badge orders over 20 badges.