Bosses read the smoke signals

THERE was an apprentice boys' march in Glasgow in 1960, but it was in the name of solidarity, not sectarianism.

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The young workers of the Clyde shipyards had withdrawn their labour in a fight for better wages and conditions.

Seen here passing along West George Street, at the corner of Dundas Street, they were en-route to Glasgow Green for a mass meeting.

The strange thing is that amongst their number were at least two future millionaires. Both Billy Connolly and Sir Alex Ferguson were apprentices during the strike.

The tobacconist's shop they are passing, Alfred Gale & Co Ltd, operated on the same corner site from 1910 to 1975, and was famous for producing Presbyterian Mixture pipe tobacco.


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