The activities of that period were collective
actions or they were nothing. I fully recognise that while I was
often the spokesperson, the projects were only possible because
of the efforts and co-operation of many people. Because of this
I feel it necessary to risk offense by omission (or possibly by
inclusion) by listing those responsible.
South Shields Trades Union Council
And, Peter Gillanders, Frank Mansfield, Malcolm
Stewart Smith - Journalists
Ernie Ferryhough MP, Arthur Blenkinsop MP,
Harold Tavaroges, Tony Brown - Solicitors.
Jack Smith, - Artist.
David Byrne, Deliah Slevin - Political gurus.
Keith Robison, Peter Andrews - Creatively unemployed.
Graham Perks, Ian Imrie, Ian Smith - Student activists.
Also, I would like to acknowledge the part
played by the local and national media - often unwittingly (and
sometimes unwillingly) they were nevertheless an integral part
of the events. In particular I wish to acknowledge the collective
work of the Shields Gazette which I have drawn upon extensively
for this book and who provided at that time a real community service.
With failing memory I apologise to the many
others whose names have slipped my mind but whose efforts made
these events possible.
And, Finally, for their help in the product
Lee Foster; for his patience and design skills.
Dave Temple; printer, for his professional advice.
Paul Gray and Mark Houlsby; for their editing and advice.
John Temple and Ian Malcolm; for local Labour Party history.
Bill Gray; for his advice about everything.
Dave Johnston; for his tolerance and support.
The Lipman - Miliband Trust; for their financial support of this