SICK of the unions and fed up with the strikes, 65-year-old Sarah Davison planned to lead an anti-union march through the streets of Blackburn.

The lorry driver strikes of 1979, which formed part of what is now referred to as 'the winter of discontent', meant items such as food, and medicines, weren't being delivered to shops and chemists.

Mrs Davison, who suffered with diabetes, came up with the idea of protesting against the unions when she couldn't get hold of the correct medication to treat her condition because it hadn't been delivered.

She said: "I am registered as disabled and chronically sick.

"I want the march because I'm sick of the unions.

"I don't want any violence, and I can organise the march if I can get someone to help me in case I fall. I'm not afraid of the unions."