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Where there really lots of dead bodies in the street? AIBU to doubt that was true

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SodaStreamy Tue 09-Apr-13 12:44:22

Any older posters here who were teenagers/adults in 1979 to confirm or deny this fact that is being cited in lots of news interviews referring to Thatchers death

I keep hearing 'There were lots of dead bodies in the streets' Is this true? i was 10 and don't recall that being an issue.

If it was true how on earth did that happen?

YouTheCat Tue 09-Apr-13 12:45:53

It's bollocks.

There was plenty of rubbish and some rats due to the rubbish.

Mandy2003 Tue 09-Apr-13 12:46:56

Were they referring to the Winter of Discontent, 1979, when many local councils were on strike and temporary storage facilities were declared to cope with the backlog of burials and cremations. I think so. I can't remember any riots getting that exciting TBH.

givemeaclue Tue 09-Apr-13 12:47:39

There were tonnes of uncollected rubbish in the streets.
there were unburied bodies eg in morgues.

The bodies were not in the streets.

Hth

yaimee Tue 09-Apr-13 12:47:55

As far as I know there were no bodies on the streets but bodies did pile up in mortuaries as those that worked there were on strike.

kotinka Tue 09-Apr-13 12:49:29

SodaStreamy - I'm from Liverpool. We were one of the cities hit very hard by Thatcher's policies. There were NO dead bodies in the streets (well, no more than usual wink)

A lot of people went hungry, a lot of people became malnourished, a lot of people found it very hard to rebuild a future.

allmycats Tue 09-Apr-13 12:49:40

There were NO bodies left in the streets - I am old enough to remember well. Lots of rubbish but definately no bodies of people.

kim147 Tue 09-Apr-13 12:50:03

Leicester square was piled high with rubbish.

squeakytoy Tue 09-Apr-13 12:51:01

Everyone was on strike, but I dont recall ever seeing bodies in the street!

BreconBeBuggered Tue 09-Apr-13 12:53:39

Nope, no bodies. I recall there being some localised gravedigger strikes being reported, but not where I lived. Strikes seemed to be part of everyday life throughout the 70s, whichever government was in power.

alienbump Tue 09-Apr-13 12:54:34

There was a two week strike by gravediggers in Liverpool and I think parts of Manchester - that may be where the fictitious bodies came from.

Feminine Tue 09-Apr-13 12:55:15

Was 9 then. In my hazy memory of then I don't remember any dead bodies in South West London.

I do remember strikes.

givemeaclue Tue 09-Apr-13 12:56:59

Kotinka, op is talking about before thatch was elected, in the
70s

ajandjjmum Tue 09-Apr-13 12:57:44

This was pre-Thatcher - winter of discontent.

I can remember power cuts every night, and bodies not being buried (grave diggers on strike?). No rubbish collections - rodents running riot.

Pretty grim from memory.

kotinka Tue 09-Apr-13 12:59:07

I do apologise, my misunderstanding.

Tortington Tue 09-Apr-13 13:00:36

I have a relative who paid his solicitor in candles smile

SodaStreamy Tue 09-Apr-13 13:00:52

thanks i was starting to doubt myself watching the news yeaterday and today and loose women blush and all these references to dead bodies in the street.

They are making 1978/79 sound like the black death times

HollyBerryBush Tue 09-Apr-13 13:04:53

Loose Women? Just a panel of drink addled and raddled old bags who would be hard pressed to remember yesterday, let alone 40 odd years ago.

signet Tue 09-Apr-13 13:07:43

Lots of unburied dead, so much so that the bodies had to be stored in an empty factory in Liverpool because the morgue was too full. But no bodies in the street!

Flobbadobs Tue 09-Apr-13 13:10:31

Think they got 2 things mixed together. The gravediggers went on a 2 week unofficial strike and ended when they accepted a 14 1/2% payrise I think. It was suggested that sea burials may have been an option if the strike went long term.
There was apparently a few streets blocked by rubbish here as it got that bad. No bodies in the streets (although in Rochdale -where I'm from- that can never be totally discounted...).

Flobbadobs Tue 09-Apr-13 13:11:13

Hollyberrybush that is the most accurate description of Loose Women I have ever read grin

kotinka Tue 09-Apr-13 13:11:20

although in Rochdale -where I'm from- that can never be totally discounted grin

kotinka Tue 09-Apr-13 13:12:04

I always substitute "Louche Women" for their name.

SodaStreamy Tue 09-Apr-13 13:12:17

was it only liverpool that had the problem with on trike gravediggers?

Tortington Tue 09-Apr-13 13:12:31

<lollage at Rochdale> so true

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