1947 Watching the NCB Flag get hoisted

1947 Dixons Pit3  Crowd watching NCB flag get hoisted at High Blantyre (PV)

1947 Dixons Pit3 Crowd watching NCB flag get hoisted at High Blantyre (PV)

I love this brilliant picture, taken from a film recently shown to me. Pictured in 1947, in exceptional clarity is Dixons Pit 3 at Priestfield High Blantyre.

There are SO many people from Blantyre in this picture and I’m hoping some readers recognise people. The large crowd assembled on 6th January 1947 are watching the flag being hoisted up over the colliery offices, to signify the day the pits were nationalised.

To the left are the offices and Priestfield Terrace. In the background in High Blantyre Parish Church steeple and the horizon is actually High Blantyre Main Street.

The delight on everybody’s faces indicates what a popular event and achievement this was. Not even a couple of years after WW2, this signified new employment opportunities, new conditions for workers, welfare and hopes for the future. Do you recognise anybody?

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