Retrospective

December 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Having been a photographer for some 42 years I have rather a lot of old pictures from my days as a newspaper staff photographer lying around in boxes. There are quite a few though strangely not so many as you might expect. I must have been selective about what I kept. Lately I’ve taken to browsing through them, whether for inspiration for future shoots or confirmation that I’ve done a reasonable job over the years I’m not sure. 

 

It struck me that others may be interested in some of these old pictures as well so I thought I would create a retrospective gallery online for others to browse.

 

I came across these pictures from 1977 and 1980. I’d only been working as a press photographer for two years in 1977 so was pretty green but looking back on them I have to say that even now I feel rather pleased with them. I remember the Keith Joseph set as though it was yesterday and given the hours I had waited on a cold winters afternoon with all the action happening when the light had all but disappeared I think I would have been pretty pleased with the results at the time.

 

The “STEEL” pictures show Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade in a Margaret Thatcher Government visiting a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike where he was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers as he tried to make his way into the factory. Joseph looked terrified and soon made his getaway but not before a few police officers had been injured in the crush.

 

STEEL 05, 06 & 08 Show a steel strikers rally at Pontypool Park being addressed by the local MP Leo Abse.

 

PICKET01-03 show another picket in Bedwas near Caerphilly outside a factory trying to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.

 

The Margaret Thatcher picture was taken in June 1977 as she addressed the Welsh Conservative Party Conference in of all places, Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre. It was a Saturday morning and I had a string of other jobs to go to. She was late arriving. I’d waited for ages at the entrance to the centre and eventually she arrived. She even spoke to me as she rushed by and I followed her into the hall, got my picture and left for the next job.

 

You can take a look at more pictures from my Retrospective Gallery by visiting: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/retrospective

STEEL002STEEL002Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
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STEEL003STEEL003Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.
STEEL004STEEL004Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.
STEEL001STEEL001Keith Joseph MP, Secretary of State for Trade visits a factory in Ebbw Vale at the height of the 1980 steel strike and was met by a crowd of striking steelworkers. Joseph got out of his car which was stopped by the throng of angry strikers and ran the gauntlet of noisy steelworkers. Joseph looked worried to say the least and made his getaway but not after a few police officers had been injured in the crush.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.
STEEL005STEEL005Striking steelworkers rally at Pontypool Park, 1980, where one of the speakers was local MP Leo Abse.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
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STEEL006STEEL006Striking steelworkers rally at Pontypool Park, 1980, where one of the speakers was local MP Leo Abse.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.
STEEL008STEEL008Striking steelworkers rally at Pontypool Park, 1980, where one of the speakers was local MP Leo Abse.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.
PICKET001PICKET001Pickets outside a transport depot in Caerphilly try to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
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Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
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PICKET002PICKET002Pickets outside a transport depot in Caerphilly try to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
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PICKET003PICKET003Pickets outside a transport depot in Caerphilly try to stop machinery being removed from their factory during a protracted strike. Tempers flared and arrests were made.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
All Moral Rights Reserved including the right to be identified as the creator of this copyright protected image.
STEEL007STEEL007Margaret Thatcher, then leader of the opposition addresses the Welsh Conservative Party Conference at Ebbw Vale on 16 June 1977 prior to her becoming Prime Minister in 1979.
© Roger Donovan, Media Photos
Tel: 02920 361126
Mobile: 07711 325100
e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk
www.mediaphotos.co.uk
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