Joe GORMLEY OBE (1917-1993)

Joe Gormley
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Joe Gormley, trade unionist, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in London’s Victoria district.


Joe became a miner at the age of fourteen, and later as an active trade union official, he became a committee member of the St Helens area branch of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1957. He served as general secretary of the North West region, comprising Lancashire and Cumberland, from April 1961 and joined the national executive in 1963.


In 1971, he was elected as leader of the NUM and presided over two national strikes in the early 1970s, the first of which resulted in a 21% increase in pay and concessions for the miners. As a result, mine workers moved to the top of the UK's industrial wage league, having previously been seventeenth.


He left his post in 1982 and when asked what he had achieved during his period as President, he replied, "Everyone wants to be related to a miner".


“God in heaven! What a terrible surprise!”

Screenshots of Joe Gormley This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 595
  • Subject No: 592
  • Broadcast date: Wed 3 Mar 1982
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Mon 22 Feb 1982
  • Venue: Royalty Theatre
  • Series: 22
  • Edition: 22
  • Code Name: Pit

on the guest list...

  • Nellie - wife
  • Winifred - daughter
  • Arthur Evans – son-in-law
  • June - granddaughter
  • Josie - granddaughter
  • Alan - grandson
  • Frank - son
  • Barbara – daughter-in-law
  • Diane - granddaughter
  • Joy - granddaughter
  • Ian - grandson
  • Nick Doyle
  • Kathleen - sister
  • Jack – brother-in-law
  • Margaret - sister
  • Jim – brother-in-law
  • Bob - brother
  • Kathleen – sister-in-law
  • John Lewis – brother-in-law
  • Tommy Blackwell
  • Larry Myler
  • Frank Barry
  • Mabel Barry
  • Billy Biddy
  • Willy Muller
  • Jack Mckenney
  • Rita Henry
  • Ted Henry
  • Les Storey
  • Blanca Di Pereira
  • Filmed tribute:
  • Derek Ezra

production team...

  • Researcher: Cathy Parnall
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Paul Stewart Laing, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 22 subjects: Bob Champion > Bill Fraser > Wayne Sleep > Ian Botham > Cannon and Ball > Rob Buckman > Angela Rippon > Julia McKenzie > Jackie Milburn > Paul Shane > Peter Adamson > Kiri Te Kanawa > Mickie Most > Anita Harris > Mike Brace > Faith Brown > Robin Bailey > Rod Hull > Bob Monkhouse > John Toshack > Wally Herbert > Joe Gormley > Roger Whittaker > Alan Whicker > Peter Davison > Douglas Bader