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British Kids in the 1980s: Photographer Documented the Carefree days of Children Playing on the Streets

Dave Sinclair worked as a staff photographer for The Militant in 1985. Dave photographed thousands of children with their homemade signs and banners on a demonstration that was passionate, raucous, highly hilarious, and good-humored in Liverpool to shoot the school strike against Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government’s Youth Training Scheme.

Like many places in the UK, Liverpool in the 1980s was a time of turmoil and upheaval. Unemployment and economic instability led to widespread disquiet, which culminated in public shows of resistance.

Dave took pictures of British kids playing on the streets of Belfast, Newcastle, London, and Bradford. The way they look at the camera and him shows his skill in letting them be. As with all the best journalism, Dave’s pictures show rather than tell. The result is photographed full of warmth.

Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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