Prime Minister Heath in choppy waters

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Far away from the still, murky waters of the Clyde, Prime Minister, Ted Heath, is in choppy waters of a different kind leading Britain’s Admiral Cup team to victory aboard his 42-foot yacht, Morning Cloud.

Heath is at the helm in the punishing 600-mile, five-day race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to Fastnet Rock off southern Ireland returning back to Plymouth where he beats other crews from Australia and holders, USA.

But enormous and growing support for the UCS workers forces Heath to weather storms of a different kind. On the 18 August almost 200,000 workers down tools and 80,000 marched to Glasgow Green as the UCS dominated the headlines.

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200,000 downed tools and 80,000 march against Heath

Heath was forced to miss a race at Cowes and deal with the growing political clouds on the Clyde.

Newsreel footage of the massive march and demonstration by 80,000 in Glasgow led by Labour’s Tony Benn and leading shop stewards from the UCS. (No audio unfortunately!)

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