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Sacked Nottingham strikers stage 30-year reunion

  • The way they were: the 1979 NUJ
    poster of the Nottingham Evening Post
    journalists sacked during the national strike
    of that year
  • Former Nottingham Evening Post journalists who lost their jobs after going on strike 30 years ago staged an anniversary reunion last weekend.

    The group travelled to Nottingham from all over the country to take part in the get-together, which was organised after four of the 28 took part in a radio programme on the dispute.

    The 28 reporters and subs from the Evening Post were sacked for “disloyalty” after joining the provincial journalists’ national strike which began on 5 December 1978 and ended just over six weeks later, on 17 January 1979.

    The Evening Post, then owned by T. Bailey Forman, was the only paper in the country not to take back its journalists when the strike ended.

    Last Saturday’s reunion was attended by 20 of the 28 sacked journalists, but there are still three names on the ‘where-are-they-now?’ list.

    They are Robin Anderson, who edited the now defunct Delegates magazine in London before moving to Northumberland, Paul Cowan ex-editor of the Stornoway Gazette, and Peter Anderson, who worked as a sub in Loughborough and Peterborough.

    Anyone who can help locate them should contact Terry Wootton on [email protected] or phone 0115 912 3018.

  • Journalists sacked in the 1979 dispute who attended Saturday’s 30-year anniversary reunion
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    Julie Curry (10/03/2009 15:04:41)
    My sister Lynne, who died in 2004, was one of the NEP’s sacked journalists. She went on to work in Middlesbrough and Scarborough, but later returned to the Evening News some years later when the sacked journos were finally offered their jobs back. Happy memories of a principled crew.