Peter­loo is re­mem­bered in march to Manch­ester

Middleton Guardian - - A-LEVELS -

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.”

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