COAL Not Dole placards are being brought out from cupboards as ex-miners and their families prepare to hold a series of events to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1984 miners' strike.
The strike started in Yorkshire in March 1984 and within days half the country's mineworkers had walked out in a row over pit closures.
The dispute rapidly escalated, with 8,000 police officers drafted into Notting- hamshire, the county which became one of the bloodiest battlegrounds as some miners continued to work in protest at the lack of a national strike ballot.
Most of the UK's 190,000 miners were quickly embroiled in a daily routine of picketing outside collieries, most of which ground to a halt.
There were violent clashes between pickets and police, deaths, arrests, family splits and endless arguments over the stubborn refusal of miners' leader Arthur Scargill to hold a national ballot.
A massive picket of 4,000 striking miners clashed with police outside Denby Grange pit in October.
Three policemen were hurt in what was the worst violence in West Yorkshire since the start of the strike.
Kirklees Council gave £30,000 to the Salvation Army with the aim of helping the families of striking miners.
But it led to dozens of people refusing to pay their rates.
Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman lent his backing to the miners by joining the picket line at Emley Moor.
One miner who carried on working at Clayton West was beaten up by a hooded gang.
An improvised dormitory was built at Huddersfield police station for officers from the Metropolitan force who travelled from London to go on duty outside pits.
During the year-long strike 20,000 people were injured or hospitalised, including Mr Scargill, 200 served time in prison or custody, two were killed on picket lines, three died digging their own coal and 966 were sacked.
The industry has collapsed over the past 20 years.
Mr Scargill warned in 1993 that the number of UK pits would be cut to 12 because of closures and the switch to other forms of energy.
His prediction was probably too optimistic. A fresh round of closures in the once-mighty Selby complex in Yorkshire in the coming weeks and the threat of closures elsewhere will leave just a handful of pits in the UK by the end of the year.
Pit names like Shuttle Eye, Emley Moor, Park Mill and Bulcliffe Wood are a fading memory.
Only the family-owned Hay Royds Colliery at Clayton West remains in Kirklees - employing just 25 miners.