Do you remember the miners’ strike and power cuts of 1972?

Kirkcaldy 1972 miners strike - drinking by candlelight at the Novar Bar during a power cut
Kirkcaldy 1972 miners strike - drinking by candlelight at the Novar Bar during a power cut

Do you recall the miners’ strike and power cuts of 1972?
It was 46 years ago this month the country was plunged into darkness as the industrial dispute took hold.

Many workers were temporarily laid off, community facilities such as swimming pools and cinemas were closed, and sport was badly hit as floodlights were also dimmed.

The Press has a special feature looking back on how widely the strike impacted on businesses as well as households who stocked up on candles to ensure heat and light.

Our picture shows how one pub, the Novar in Kirkcaldy, continued to serve drinks by candlelight!

Read the full story, and see more archive pictures, in this week’s Fife Free Press – out on Thursday.