Only four Irish workers who built Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction left to be identified – can you name them?
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Only four Irish workers who built Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction left to be identified – can you name them?

A BIRMINGHAM organisation is looking to name four Irish workers left to be identified in an iconic image taken at the city’s Spaghetti Junction.

Yvonne Price, of the Birmingham Irish Association, hopes to find the remaining men, or their families, through the photograph (above) taken by former Irish Post photographer Brendan Farrell on the day before the site’s opening in 1972.

The men were responsible for the building of what is known in Birmingham as Spaghetti Junction, but is officially titled the Gravelly Hill Interchange, on Birmingham’s M6.

Ms Price had previously identified only three of the 21 men in the photograph, and was told that one of them had since passed away.

Then, following an appeal by The Irish Post for information on the men this summer, members of the Irish community in Britain identified 14 more of them – meaning only four remain unidentified.

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"This is an iconic photo, and once the names and stories started to come in it highlighted some wonderful memories, from family friends a few from the surviving men," Ms Price told The Irish Post.

"I want to be able to celebrate them all in the exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in March – May 2017 so it just doesn’t feel right that I cannot name the last four. It's become a mission of mine to have a name for each man.

"The search has shown how widespread The Irish Post travels - I have received correspondence from as far as Australia. It’s been heart-warming."

Anyone who worked on the Spaghetti Junction build, or who knows of any of the four men circled above, should contact Ms Price on 0121 604 6111 or by emailing [email protected]. You can also email [email protected]