Mudcat Café message #4004732 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #166286   Message #4004732
Posted By: GUEST,Ray
16-Aug-19 - 11:54 AM
Thread Name: Peterloo 200th anniversary
Subject: RE: Peterloo 200th anniversary
Just to add to henryp’s heads up on the central Manchester “re-enactment” - it didn’t involve 3000 people; well actually it did but they did it three times with 1000 at each.

To be quite honest, it was more of a pretentious, left wing, vanity project with American influences. I don’t do “audience participation”, I never have and never will. If they had explained what was going to take place at the time they sent out invitations to those with Peterloo ancestors, I wouldn’t have bothered and saved my train fare.

It started late, it poured with rain and people ignored the pre-event instructions not to bring umbrellas, the sound was bad - amplified drummers drowned out the speech. Whilst I have every sympathy with the homeless, deported refugees, people with disabilities etc. This was supposed to be a commemoration of Peterloo.

I expect those in the “mejia” will tell us all how wonderful it was on tonights local telly.

As for the memorial being unveiled last Tuesday; I suspect that was to save embarrassment. One wheelchair-borne cast member amusingly pointed out that they had designed a memorial with steps preventing him from getting access to it.