The Royal Mail Union offered £28.50 a week for staff to press one button

The Royal Mail Union offered £28.50 a week for staff to press one button

Simon Thompson, who grew up in the North East market town of Darlington, has fond memories of attending the nearby Durham Miners’ Gala in the 1970s and 1980s. For many working-class families, the annual union jamboree was—and remains—a highlight of the social calendar. “My grandfather was one of them [Arthur] Scargill’s boys,” says the Royal…