FRAMED. Gartcosh marchers. Carter Bar. (Jan 1986).
FRAMED. Gartcosh marchers. Carter Bar. (Jan 1986).

Scottish trades unionists marched on England in the snowy weather of January 1986, and are pictured as they walk over Carter Bar. The were en route from Gartcosh steelworks to Downing Street to protest against plans to close the plants. They took only 11 days for the journey.

Lord Steel, then only Mr Steel, sent a message of support to the marchers from sunny Morocco, where he was on holiday, and other Borders supporters included pop star Jesse Rae, pictured fourth from left, and SNP parliamentary candidate Anthony Kerr.

Steel worker Tommy Brennan, one of the marchers, told TheSouthern that Borderers’ welcome had been exceptional. He said: “We’ve received great encouragement along the route, particularly from the elderly. Two of the team were treated to tea and scones in a house in Walkerburn while one lady travelled from Galashiels to Jedburgh to hand over a £5 note towards our expenses.”

The plan to close Gartcosh was intended to save Ravenscraig steelworks. Gartcosh was closed later in the year of the march and Ravenscraig in 1992.