Tuesday, 4 October 2011

They Did Not Pass

It’s been 75 years since the Battle of Cable Street and a commemorative event was held at Wilton’s Music Hall on Sunday to celebrate the occasion. A temporary street market was set up with stalls representing all flavours of the Left. All good harmless fun commemorating a momentous event that saw poor, working class men and women stop the British Union of Fascists from marching through the East End. People of varied faiths and backgrounds crowded the streets, barricades were erected and the area successfully defended..

Speeches were made inside Wiltons and it made me proud to be in the same hall as four survivors of that historic event in 1936. An exhibition of Spanish Civil war posters were on display along side photographs of the day and filmed interviews with some of the brave people who were there.

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1 comment:

  1. It's a pity Southwark don't celebrate the less well known confrontation at Abbey Strret in SE1. Maybe I should write to the leader.