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I’m sure I don’t need to explain what event has prompted this image, a collection which dates back in the late 70s and early 80s, a time when no protest worth it’s salt was undertaken without having the badges printed up beforehand to try and raise a bit for the fighting funds. Some of these campaigns pre-date the Thatcher years, others were a response to events which followed. At least a quarter of them are still as relevant today as they were then. Others are more transient. The Heeley bypass? A mad scheme to demolish all the shops to speed traffic up in Sheffield. It was abandoned, but today most of the shops have gone anyway.  Save Our Buses? They were sold off at a moment when Sheffield Council were about to make them free at point of use.

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