THIS WEEK IN 1979: Portsmouth lorry men set to strike

Happy days: South Parade Pier, Southsea.

BOB HIND'S NOSTALGIA: Prize-giving on Southsea Pier

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Some Portsmouth lorry drivers working for road haulage companies were expected to be among more than 15,000 going on strike in support of a 22 per cent pay claim.

The strike was set to affect about half of all deliveries made by road.

While there was a last-minute attempt to settle the dispute when the southern branch of the Road Hauliers’ Assocation approached the Transport and General Workers’ Union for a 24-hour postponement, the action was unavailing.