Ian Clayton presenting the David Jones-Joe Green Memorial Lecture at the NUM HQ.
The David Jones-Joe Green Memorial Lecture is an annual event held by the NUM to remember two miners killed on the picket line during the 1984-85 strike. Past speakers have included Dennis Skinner MP, the journalist Paul Foot as well as NUM Life President Arthur Scargill. This year Ian was invited to present the lecture. He told stories about growing up in a pit town, about coming from a family of miners and he read from his book Bringing It All Back Home to illustrate aspects of his childhood. He drew a standing ovation.
Ian said later, ‘I was a bit nervous, because the inner sanctum at the union headquarters is a powerful building with famous union leaders of the past staring down at you from the walls. You stand at the same lectern where great calls to arms have been made in the past and that can be a bit overwhelming in itself. I tried my best to tell a story that would mean something to miners, I think I must have done alright because David Jones’s father came up to me afterwards, put his arms round me and kissed me.’