The Peterloo Massacre Anniversary Rally …

The Peterloo Massacre Anniversary Rally went very well today. For those of you not in the know(a year or 2 ago had to look it up myself) it is basically Manchester’s Tienanmen Square.The Peterloo Massacre also erroneusly called the Battle of Peterloo occurred at St Peter’s Field, Manchester(now GMEX) on 16 August 1819, when cavalry charged into a crowd of roughly 80,000 people who had gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation. Today to commemorate the anniversary people came routes Hulme, Oldham, Middleton and Stockport, and rallied at the original location of the massacre with replica banners, to demand that the proposed memorial in St Peter’s Square is one that truly reflects the nature of the event. The Peterloo memorial campaign is insisting the design is ‘prominent, informative and respectful, one that breaks the long tradition of whitewashing the memory of this crucial event’. The campaign group is currently running an independent(of the the council) design competition for members of the public to submit their ideas for what the memorial should be. the organisers want the chosen design to act as a resource for the decision making process, as a benchmark for what can be done, as a democratic input into the process, and as inspiration for artists seeking to create the finished piece. It’s called the ‘PETERLOO MEMORIAL DESIGN COMPETITION’


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