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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
18-Jun-19 - 05:03 AM
Thread Name: Peterloo 200th anniversary
Subject: RE: Peterloo 200th anniversary
Details of these two events still awaited.

1. Annual walk from Middleton

In 2009, on the 190th anniversary of Peterloo, a group of six family members and friends walked to the city centre from Middleton, a town to the north of Manchester that was home to the Radical poet Samuel Bamford, in memory of local people who had been present at Peterloo.

The march has now grown into a huge annual event with walkers setting off at daybreak from each of the towns represented at St Peter’s Fields – following the same roads with some wearing replicas of the protesters’ red liberty caps that were inspired by French revolutionaries.

2. New Peterloo Memorial

The highlight of this year’s events will be the unveiling of a permanent memorial following a decade long campaign, which has been designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller.

The design is of a landscaped “hill” made out of concentric steps, representing a gathering place and a platform for public speaking. The names of towns and villages will be carved in stone, alongside the names of the dead.