The picket lines did more than just prevent people and goods from moving across them. They were also social spaces. Meals, entertainment, games, and evening dances occurred on the lines, to boost morale, and provide relief from the long, hot, vigilant days of the strike.
Listen: Strike Flatbed Entertainment. Click the play circle below.
I thought it was during the 46 strike, that they had a flatbed truck trailer and they used that flatbed truck trailer as a stage, and on that stage were, you know folk singers and entertainers…
That’s at the end of Manchester.
The end of Manchester.
At the Manchester Gate.
… yeah, yeah, yeah.
Okay, well then, my location is wrong.
Manchester Gates, yeah. There was a gate there.
When that truck was there, when that flatbed truck was there at the Manchester Gates, who were the entertainers?
Oh, I don’t remember the entertainers.