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″Hands-Across-Britain” To Campaign for Jobs

January 18, 1987

LONDON (AP) _ Britons are being asked to join hands in a human chain from Liverpool to London on May 3 to dramatize the plight of the unemployed.

Borrowing from last year’s ″Hands Across America″ extravaganza for the needy in the United States, the organizers said they want to mobilize 300,000 people to form a chain of more than 200 miles from Hope Street in Liverpool to Downing Street, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s official London residence.

TV personality Jimmy Savile told a news conference it was not a political protest against the 11 percent jobless rate but an attempt ″to enthuse somebody into doing something about unemployment.″

He said the 60 celebrities who pledged support include actress Glenda Jackson and pop singer Sting.

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