I was roused from my sleep at 4.30am by the first of the lads arriving for picket duty.Gary took me to Kenny’s house and I quickly changed into more suitable clothes before rushing back to the coach. One of the Scots lads told us we were to be used as decoys to divert police, whilst the main body of pickets made a concerted push at the main entrance.
Accordingly we were forced to stand at a windy junction for two hours and achieved absolutely nothing except frustrating ourselves. We should have been with the main body of pickets trying to build on yesterdays success, but the best I could do was to voice this opinion loudly and criticise the Scots leaders for poor organisation. Most of our lads agreed with me so at least that’s something.
The afternoon was spent at an open cast site called Bonnyrigg and at least here we had some small success in turning back two lorries purely by putting our case to the drivers. This proves that peaceful picketing does work if the pigs are not there to provoke confrontation. The lads all noticed this and are full of confidence.