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Electric power was cut off to a fifth of Britain as electricity workers

Electric power was cut off to a fifth of Britain as electricity workers carried out the first day of a work to rule industrial action.
News by candlelight and battery power. Radio Durham newsreader John Pickles had to rig up a makeshift power supply when the station was hit by the power cut.
07/01/70

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Mirrorpix

Media ID 21338776

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Candles Electricity Radio Strikes Radio Programme


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This print captures a significant moment in British history during the 1970s. The image showcases the consequences of an industrial action taken by electricity workers, resulting in a massive power cut that affected one-fifth of Britain. As darkness enveloped homes and businesses, people were forced to adapt to this unexpected situation. In this particular scene, we witness Radio Durham newsreader John Pickles ingeniously rigging up a makeshift power supply to continue delivering vital information to listeners. With candles flickering nearby and battery-powered equipment at his disposal, Pickles valiantly ensures that news reaches the public even amidst the chaos caused by the strikes. The photograph serves as a poignant reminder of how society copes when faced with adversity. It symbolizes resilience and resourcefulness as individuals find alternative ways to carry on their daily routines without relying on modern conveniences such as electric lighting or appliances. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of radio during times of crisis when other forms of communication falter. Despite being plunged into darkness due to the power cut, communities across Britain could still rely on their trusty radios for updates and connection with the outside world. This nostalgic snapshot from Memory Lane Prints transports us back in time, allowing us to reflect on an era defined by social unrest but also marked by human ingenuity and determination.

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