50 Years Ago – 4 August 1972

4 August 1972

A resolution to the strike of dockers looked like it might be reached, following discussions between the union leader Jack Jones and the port employer Lord Aldington (in photo).

The National Farmers’ Union warned that it might have to kill millions of chickens and thousands of pigs due to the dock strike. The union said that stocks of food for the animals was running out and they would otherwise starve.

British troops in Northern Ireland said that they discovered 1.5 tonnes of explosives.

William Whitelaw, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said that the wearing of para-military uniforms would be banned in the Province. The Ulster Defence Association and the IRA both said that they would disregard the new rule.