iNostalgia M.E.N Preview – Protests, Pride & People

by | Aug 21, 2017 | News

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

Oct 1977. National Front Rally in Manchester

Firemen's Picket keep warn at London Road Fire Station

Firemen’s Picket keep warn at London Road Fire Station, Manchester, 21st November 1977. Banner ‘We are peaceful picketing fire service personnel’.

picketing at the entrance to Agecroft power station 1972

Despite picketing at the entrance to Agecroft power station, Pendlebury, near Manchester, clouds of vapour still drift from the cooling towers in the background. 17th January 1972

Pride
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 August.

Thousands of people lined the route to watch the Pride Parade

Manchester Pride Parade, Saturday 27th August 2016.
Thousands of people lined the route to watch as the flamboyant spectacle made its way through the city centre – celebrating equality and love in all its forms.

Manchester Pride Parade, Saturday 27th August 2016

Manchester Pride Parade, Saturday 27th August 2016.
Led by Manchester?s first openly gay Lord Mayor, Carl Austin Behan, this year’s procession was the biggest yet with more people taking part than ever before.

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

Anthony Barber, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale, pictured campaigning in Altrincham and Sale, Greater Manchester, ahead of 1974 General Election, 23rd February 1974.

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

George Best Football player, Mar 1966
opening his Boutique in Cross Street Sale, guests at the opening day were Manchester United and Manchester City footballers Denis Law, Shay Barnnam, Pat Crerand, Mike Summerbee and Malcolm Allison.

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