Peterloo is remembered in march to Manchester
WALKERS marched from Middleton to Manchester city centre over the weekend on the Annual Peterloo Memorial March.
Marchers set off from Barrowfields early on Sunday morning, after listening to the words of Sam Bamford, which he spoke on the fateful morning of August 16, 1819.
The group, carrying placards bearing the names of people present at Peterloo, paused for a moment at Bamford’s Memorial before heading off for Albert Square where hundreds of others gathered for the commemoration and the reading of the names of those who were killed.
The bicentenary is only two years away and the Peterloo Memorial Campaign Group is hoping that a fitting memorial will be in place in Manchester in good time for that anniversary. March organiser Martin Gittins said: “Year by year we are seeing the awareness growing and more and more people are engaging in both the campaign and the commemoration.
“Our aim is to ensure the campaign group is redundant well before 2019. After that we hope we will be able to commemorate the event with a suitable memorial as our focal point.”