by David Mansell, for Report Archive
modern bromide print, 23 October 1977
14 5/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (370 mm x 260 mm) image size
Sitterback to top
- Jayaben Desai (1933-2010), Leader of the strikers in the Grunwick dispute. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistsback to top
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Grunkwick film processing plant, Willesden, London)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1977back to top
Current affairsIn celebration of her 25th year as Queen, Elizabeth II tours the British Isles visiting communities and schools in 36 counties, before touring the commonwealth. Across the country people held street parties to celebrate the occasion; there were 4,000 street parties in London alone.
Art and scienceBritish punk rockers, The Sex Pistols, release the single, God Save The Queen to coincide with the Silvery Jubilee celebrations. The single reached Number 2 in the charts among claims that it was being kept off the top spot for political reasons. The band was arrested for trying to perform the song from a boat on the Thames during the Queen's Royal Progress trip down the river.
InternationalElvis Presley dies of a heart attack aged 42. His body was discovered collapsed on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion in Memphis by his fiancée Ginger Alden. Rumours that the star is actually still alive but in hiding continue to perpetuate among diehard fans.
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