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arxist view that the failure of the strike couldn’t have been down to the lack of support and instead must have been due to other factors. In his diary he documents the battle at Orgreave on Monday 18th of June, 1984; “I’ve never seen so many of our lads altogether, it brought tears to my eyes”. However, Wakefield also mentions the betrayal he felt by the Nottinghamshire miners who continued to work by saying “The lads are in good spirits even if the majority of scabs are working”. Therefore, this portrays the feelings of the majority of the miners who were on strike as they realised that this lack of support could determine the outcome of the strike. Regardless, we have to be careful when using Arthur Wakefield as a source as his diary entries will reflect his heightened emotions after a day of striking that may not truly reflect the real situation. We also know that lots of support groups popped up to encourage the miner’s on in their fight. The most notable of these being the ‘Women Against Pit Closures’ (WAPC) mainly made up of miner’s wives or women that grew up in mining communities. One source described them as the “iron ladies of the coal fields”. Thatcher disregarded how much of an impact the WAPC would have on the strike as many of the striking ladies figured out that if they went out picketing then they would less likely be targeted by police. Soup kitchens were set up to save miners and their families from starvation in nearly every small village. The students, lesbian and gay rights’ movements also supported the miners as they could relate to their struggle. Therefore, the overwhelming support for the strike could not be denied. This is portrayed by Kenneth O’Morgan, who takes a clear mainstream media view. He says “Support for the strike was virtually solid not only in old militant areas…but also (at first) in traditionally moderate Lancashire, Durham and Northumberland”. He then went on to say: “The deep disillusion of the mining community…was spontaneous and genuine”. This shows that even someone who takes the >GET ANSWER