Video: Former miners in peaceful vigil at memorial during Thatcher’s funeral

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FORMER miners from Hucknall and Linby collieries came together for a vigil at the town’s Mining Memorial on Wednesday as Baroness Thatcher’s funeral was taking place in London.

Over 20 people who worked at both mines before their closure, held a peaceful gathering at the iconic monument on Station Road in the town centre.

Former Linby and Hucknall miners gather at the mining memorial in Hucknall for a vigil for their lost industry, to coincide with the funeral of Baroness Thatcher in London.'The mining statue is strewn with floral tributes.

Former Linby and Hucknall miners gather at the mining memorial in Hucknall for a vigil for their lost industry, to coincide with the funeral of Baroness Thatcher in London.'The mining statue is strewn with floral tributes.

“We held the vigil to remind people of the damage she did to the mining industry,” said former Linby miner, Barrie Lewis. “Since Thatcher’s death two weeks ago we have had it crammed down our throats about her success in Government.

“But not everybody agrees with this and there is no justification for the huge expense of her funeral.

“The reason Winston Churchill had the great State Funeral was because the whole of the British public supported it. Not everybody agrees that so much of the tax-payers’ money should have been spent on Thatcher’s funeral, especially in times of such austerity.”

Two bouquets were placed at the foot of the statue in memory of those who lost their lives in Hucknall pits and also to represent the closure of the coalfields.