The Cable Street Group celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street on Sunday 2 October 2011 at Wilton's Music Hall, Grace's Alley E1 8JB from 12noon to 10pm. Admission Free.
In 1936, fascism was gaining ground across Europe. In Britain, Sir Oswald Mosley's Blackshirted British Union of Fascists (BUF) portrayed Jewish people as the cause of the country's problems. East London had the largest Jewish population in Britain and the announcement that Mosley and his Blackshirts planned a provocative march through the area on October the 4th was greeted with anger and a determination that it should be stopped. A petition was signed and local politicians tried to have the march called off - but to no avail.
On the day, up to 250,000 people gathered to defend the East End. There was a fierce battle with the police when they attempted to clear a path for the march and a barricade was erected and defended in Cable Street. People in their houses threw eggs, milk bottles and the contents of chamber pots from upstairs' windows, whilst at ground level, marbles were rolled under police horses' hooves. The march could not proceed and Mosley was ordered to abandon his plans. It was a blow against fascism and that night there was dancing in the streets.
The 75th anniversary programme aims to keep alive the spirit of the defenders of Cable Street who took to the barricades that day.
The Cable Street Group can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cable St group are raising funds to present a great free event to commemorate the Battle of Cable Street and celebrate the 75th Anniversary. Please donate £5 or more and you will receive a special invitation.
BILLY BRAGG, SHAPPI KHORSANDI, MIKE ROSEN will all be appearing at Wiltons Music Hall in support of the 75th anniversary. Visit the Anniversary page to find out more and view the whole programme.
HOPE NOT HATE
Please sign the petition at www.hopenothate.org.uk
and read the article by Nick Lowles published in Searchlight/July 2011