Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Diaries of Harry Garner

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Diaries of Harry Garner

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Byline: By Harry Garner

Life and times in the 70s and 80s as recorded in the pages of a businessman's diary.

This Week in 1975

June 24: What is the world coming to? Even our police can no longer be trusted, it seems. Four policemen from Felling jailed for burglary. Committed the offences on the night shift. Chief Constable Clarence Cooksley will have to do much to restore confidence.

Good news on reservoir front. Council has finally approved planning applications for dam at Kielder Valley. Finished reservoir will be seven miles long. Plans are to make it a recreational facility as well as water resource for Teesside. Not such good news for farmers, but compensation will be OK.

Held up by breakdown on new motorway in morning. It has made crossing the city easier. Traffic on Northumberland Street much quieter. Good for shops and Eldon Square next year. Newcastle advancing steadily, if slowly, into full potential of 20th Century. Bought new Yes album. Claire hates it. Much prefers Abba.

Agreed to get William and Charles the Chopper bikes they are so keen on. Bit pricey at pounds 7 each, but will produce some domestic peace, so worth it. Disposable society takes a fresh turn. I now have disposable razors. Dreadful things. Thanks for nothing, Claire!

June 25: Getting heavy on political front. Healey warning he will put men on dole and slash public spending if unions fail to produce voluntary pay policy to replace disgraced Social Contract. Thatcher continues to challenge Wilson. Much better than Heath. Most encouraging.

Popped along to Byker Wall. Well under way and should be interesting on completion, if a shade radical for Newcastle.

June 26: It continues. TUC leadership reluctantly agree to idea of flat-rate pay rises for everybody. But will comrades agree at annual conference in September? Doubt it.

Wilson confronted his Left wing over allegations that he is out of touch with the Labour movement. His attempts to modernise party seem doomed. Claire remains enthusiastic.

Wasn't amused when I asked about state of her knicker elastic after Virginia Wade's embarrassment at Wimbledon. …

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