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Rise Like Lions!

Tomorrow, August 16th is the anniversary of Manchester's darkest day, The Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

To mark this occasion there will be a solemn commemoration at 1 pm in St Peter's Square, in front of Manchester Central Library.

The names of the victims will be read out, we will observe one minute's silence and then process to the Cross of St. Peter's Church to lay a wreath and decorate the cross with a tribute to the victims.

You are invited to join us and then to go into Central Library to take part in a 'Placard Workshop' where we will be making placards bearing the names of just some of the 60,000 people who were in that place 198 years ago.

These placards will then for the central element of our commemoration in Albert Square on Sunday 20th when marchers from mill towns all around Greater Manchester will arrive at 12.30pm in time for the main gathering at 1pm where we will, again, recall the names of the victims and then have a time to chat and tell some of the stories of these people from our great city's history - men, women and children just like us who gathered for a picnic and were slaughtered and maimed for their pains.

Full details on Facebook pages 'Peterloo Names - 2017 Commemoration' and 'Peterloo Marches 2017'

Please get to these events if you can and spread the word to your friend and relatives so that we can ensure the memory of Peterloo is not forgotten as we approach 2019.

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