John Campbell, a writer, poet and former Docker attended the performance of Martin Lynch's Dockers on Tuesday 28 June along with his granddaughter Louise.
John was a non union docker for 33 years and worked on the cross channel docks. In John’s own words, non-union dockers only had hard work to protect them.
At the end of the performance John, who saw the original production in 1981, commented: “Dockers is still as powerful today as it was 30 years ago. It brought a tear to my eye.”
John met Martin Lynch originally when they both worked at the docks and they both began writing at the same time. John’s credits include a book of poetry entitled “Saturday Night in York Street” and two fictional novels exposing the corruption of the docks “The Disinherited” and “Corner Kingdom”.
After the play, a delighted John met members of the current cast including Chris Corrigan, Paddy Jenkins, Marty Maguire and Matt McElhinney.
Belfast Harbour Commissioners generously paid for 50 members of the Dockers' Club to attend the performance.