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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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In this evocative photograph from the past, the harsh reality of a nation crippled by industrial action unfolds as Electricity workers initiated the first day of a work-to-rule strike in January 1970. The consequences of their actions were far-reaching, leaving an estimated fifth of Britain in the dark. The image captures the somber mood of the moment as people adapt to the sudden loss of electricity. Newsrooms, like Radio Durham, were forced to rely on makeshift power supplies to keep the public informed. John Pickles, the newsreader, is seen in the photograph rigging up a candelabra and a battery-powered radio to broadcast the day's news. The 1970s were a time of significant social and economic change in Britain, and this photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced during that era. The power cut not only disrupted daily life but also highlighted the importance of electricity in our modern world. As the sun sets and the candles flicker, the image evokes a sense of community resilience and determination in the face of adversity. The radio, with its comforting hum and the familiar voice of John Pickles, offers a glimmer of hope amidst the darkness. This photograph is a snapshot of history, a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the power of communication to bring people together during challenging times. It is a reminder that even in the midst of crisis, we can find ways to adapt and persevere.

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