Pickets’ Statements

Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky Tomlinson in November 2011

“I speak not just for myself but also for all the pickets who were charged. Many of them never worked again due to the blacklist, in particular Des Warren who died in 2004. The prison sentences and fines we received for picketing completely wrecked our lives. The Official Shrewsbury 24 Campaign Committee have carried out extensive research into this miscarriage of justice and are confident that our application to the CCRC has a good chance of being considered favourably and referred to the Court Of Appeal, where we hope the convictions will be quashed. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all their efforts. Please support our campaign.”

John McKinsie Jones

John McKinsie Jones

John McKinsie Jones in November 2011

“I have lived for almost 40 years with the stigma of being arrested, charged, convicted and imprisoned for conspiracy. My family were devastated. None of us have ever got over the terrible way we were treated. Like a lot of the other pickets I had never been in trouble in my life. We were completely innocent of these charges. We were branded as criminals by the media. We were blacklisted, many never to return to their trades. If there is any justice in this world the Court of Appeal will overturn this miscarriage of justice, which would demonstrate that we were criminalised for something we did not do. I would like to thank the committee for all their hard work and commitment.”

Terry Renshaw

Terry Renshaw

Terry Renshaw in November 2011

“I was a 24-year-old painter and decorator, a member of UCATT, when the first national strike began in May 1972. Like many of the lads, we picketed when we could. We would go on a site and someone would ask the site agent for permission to have a site meeting with the building workers who were working. We would have the meeting, state our case and move on to the next site. September 6th 1972 was just another day’s picketing. The only alarming event that day happened on the Kingswood site where we were met by the contractor’s son who had a loaded shotgun and threatened to use it. We were not guilty of any crime or misdemeanour. Any fair-minded person looking at the evidence would conclude there has been a miscarriage of justice. Please support our campaign.”

Any Warren

Andy Warren

Andy Warren In February 2011

“I would like to take the opportunity of thanking the Official Shrewsbury 24 Campaign Committee for the work they have put into preparing the application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission on behalf of the pickets. They have campaigned tirelessly over the past five years raising awareness about the pickets, fundraising and researching the background to the case.”

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