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

A glimspe into what happened and how we lived in the 70s and 80s as recorded in a retired businessman's diaries.

This Week In 1984

Nov 18: Breakfast row over Tory chairman John Selwyn Gummer's attack on lefty Bishop of Durham. Claire insists Jenkins is right to speak out for the poor. Gummer, rightly, says Jenkins should stick to religious matters. Even when he does, he causes trouble as with his line on the resurrection being "conjuring with bones."

Hasn't said anything yet on prospect of Sunday shopping. Report on Sunday trading law due soon. Likely to say shops should be allowed to open. Quite right too. Even Claire thinks so.

Nov 19: Signs that the pit strike might be starting to end. Men at Ellington voted very narrowly to hold a ballot on the NCB offer. Some workers have already gone back at the pit and it looks like resolve is crumbling.

Local NUM officials refuse to accept the obvious. Bates Colliery chairman Ronnie Campbell insists that solidarity is important and that they are winning. No chance.

Boys still annoyed at Liverpool's two-nil win at St James's. But it's hard to score when the keeper is on top form, and Grobbelaar was. It means Newcastle is in the middle of the table above Sunderland. Could be worse.

Nov 20: Government taking strong line on activities of animal rights activists. Animal Liberation Front says story about poisoning Mars bars was a hoax to draw attention to the company's involvement in animal research.

Now the ALF nutters are threatening the Christmas turkey trade. David Mellor says research work is important and must continue.

Interesting meeting with Brian Blessed who wants to organise a charity match between the RSC and Newcastle at St James's. Blessed's brother works at St Nicholas Hospital. Offered to help to set things up for the game. …

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