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Protests, pickets and power cuts

The three Ps – protests, pickets and power cuts – are what many people remember about the 1970s. Britain experienced a decade of industrial unrest – and Manchester was no exception. Miners, dockers, firefighters, power workers and postal staff all took to the streets in strikes or disputes

National Front Rally in Manchester
Firemen's Picket keep warn at London Road Fire Station
picketing at the entrance to Agecroft power station 1972


This August Bank Holiday marks the anniversary of Manchester Pride. The first event took place over the weekend in 1985 and was named the Manchester Gay Pub and Club Olympics and Gay Centre Fun Day.

Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend takes place this weekend from Friday 25th – Monday 28th August. The parade will be held on Saturday 26th Aug

Thousands of people lined the route to watch the Pride Parade
Manchester Pride Parade, Saturday 27th August 2016

Famous people from Sale

Sale and Altrincham MP Anthony Barber, pictured canvassing in the General Election of February 1974, was given a difficult challenge by Prime Minister Edward Heath in 1970. He was asked to negotiate the UK’s entry into the European Economic Community – better known in these Brexit days as the EU.

But Barber had hardly got his feet under table when Chancellor of the Exchequer Iain Macleod suddenly died. He was swiftly promoted to Chancellor in his stead.

Anthony Barber, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative Member of Parliament for Altrincham

A star from a different sport came to Sale in March 1966 when Manchester United’s George Best opened his boutique in Cross Street. He was joined by his friends Denis Law, Shay Brennan, Pat Crerand, Mike Summerbee and Malcolm Allison.

George Best Football player, March 1966

Taken from the M.E.N supplement – Free inside Wednesday’s 23rd of August edition of the Manchester Evening News

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