To emphasise that they were not in dispute with the travelling public these pickets were giving away Christmas cake, mince pies, coffee and sherry. Certainly not the sort of picketing I was used to in my police service!
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These were the friendliest pickets ever - and they were effective too. A surprising number of station users knew of the dispute and sympathised with the pickets.
Entering in on the spirit of things I flew the RMT flag from the water tower - positioning it carefully to the left, of course.
In a moment of bonhomie the Union's Area Organiser Craig Johnston signed up as a FoSCL member. Not just that, he signed up the RMT as Corporate members!
The choir sang and the band played.
The snow glistened and the sun shone.