Scargill remembers strike success

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Former National Union of Mineworkers leader Arthur Scargill joined fellow trade unionists to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a key victory during the 1972 miners’ strike. Now aged 74, the ex-NUM president said he had vivid memories of his role in the Battle of Saltley Gate, which saw at least 15,000 Birmingham engineers walk out to support a picket by striking miners. About 100 trade unionists yesterday gathered near the site of the long-defunct Saltley Coke Works to commemorate the events of February 10 1972. PICTURE: Rui Vieira/PA.