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Significant Scots
James Reid


Jimmy Reid - The One Show

James "Jimmy" Reid (9 July 1932 – 10 August 2010) was a Scottish trade union activist, orator, politician, and journalist born in Govan, Glasgow. His role as spokesman and one of the leaders in the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-in between June 1971 and October 1972 attracted international recognition. He later served as Rector of the University of Glasgow and subsequently became a journalist and broadcaster. Formerly a communist and a Labour Party member, Reid joined the Scottish National Party and fully supported independence. He died in 2010 after a long illness.

Matt McGinn - Wi' Jimmy Reid and Airlie

The Great Jimmy Reid

Jimmy Reid's memorial service

Jimmy Reid was a legendary figure of Scottish shipbuilding, who rose to international prominence when he led the famous "work-in" of thousands of shipbuilders on the Clyde during 1971 and 1972, thwarting government attempts to close the yards. On August 19, 2010, hundreds of people, including politicians such as First Minister Alex Salmond and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown attended a ceremony to celebrate Mr Reid's life at Govan Old Parish Church in Glasgow on August 19, 2010. Comedian Billy Connolly and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, a fellow Govan man, made personal tributes during the service.

Reid About Scotland
A series of videos where Jimmy travels around Scotland


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