Monday, April 30, 2007

Workers Memorial Day March London 28th April 2007


On Saturday I went on the Workers Memorial March with my Chelsea Supporting friends and TGWU Members Kevin and Paul (pictured holding the banner below!)

It was a beautiful day and a moving event with testimonies from the families destroyed by the death of a father, brother or son on a London building site.
Another old friend, Tony O'Brien from UCATT leads the ceremonies as the leading light of the Construction safety movement in the UK (below pictured speaking in front of the memorial statue to the Building Worker at Tower Hill)
There was a very good Southwark Labour Party and Labour Movement turnout and we went discussed the past and future of the Labour Party and Labour Movement in the Pommelers Rest Pub at Tower Bridge all afternoon. Wetherspoons helpfully had a Beer Festival on so it was an enjoyable day!!

Planning Permission for the Camberwell Green War Memorial has at last been given and below is a mock up of how it will finally look. We plan an unveiling ceremony and of course commemorative events in September on the Anniversary of the Air Raid and of course on Rememberance Sunday in November.

The inscription that will be on the memorial is reproduced below:
In memory of the people of Camberwellwho died or suffered in War
This memorial stands above the Air Raid Shelterwhere a wedding party lost their lives on the afternoon of 17 September 1940.
Sidney and Patricia Wright had just married and were celebrating in the nearby 'Father Redcap' Public House with family and friends.
During an air raid, they sought refuge in the shelterwhich was directly hit by a bomb.
All members of theWright family and four other people were killed.May they, and all victims of War,rest in peace
Bodies recovered on 18 September1940 from the Air Raid Shelter:
Wright family: bride and groom - Patricia(21) and Sidney (21); mother and father -Elizabeth (48) and Sidney (48) and sisters Dorothy (19), Mary (18), Elsie (13),Joyce (10) and June (8).Nora Flaherty (19), Lear Nadel (58), Emma(48) and Stanley Ross (14).

On the Hibs front Hibs fought out a commendable 3-3 draw against Rangers with many of the youth players in the strating line up. Steven Fletcher again in form scoring two of the three goals! dad was at the game but frustrated again by our goalkeeping who allowed two long range free kicks from the same player to get past him! A new Goalkeeper is a priority for Collins in the Close season!!
John Collins may have a lot of cash to spend rebuilding his team with £2M in the bank from Kevin Thompson(Rangers), anything upto £10M for Scott Brown(Everton?) and rumours that David Murphy(Middlesborough?) and Steven Whittaker(Blackburn Rovers?) may go for £2M each!!! Bolton Wanderers seem obsessed by our players but dont know if that will calm down with Sam Allerdyce's departure?