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KERSAL MOOR CELEBRATION
 

Star date: 26th April 2010 

A Celebration of Kersal Moor
Monday 3rd May 2010 1-4pm Free
Moor Lane, Salford 7

AT LAST A PLAQUE TO THE CHARTISTS!

172 years after the great Chartist rally on Kersal Moor, and finally Salford has a commemorative plaque which will be unveiled as part of a big celebration of Kersal Moor this Bank Holiday Monday.

In 1838 a quarter of a million Chartists marched from all over the north west, meeting at the old racecourse to demand the vote. Now the Moor will come alive again with stalls, fancy dress and what is believed to be the first performance of a special song from the `Great Demonstration' since the day itself…

Full details here…


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Kersal Moor Chartist Song
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Kersal Moor means many things to many people – now home of Salford City FC and St Paul's School, it's also famous as the moor where Fred Engels used to ride his horse, and for its old racecourse, where in 1838 a quarter of a million Chartists marched from all over the north west to demand the vote and other electoral reforms. Kersal Moor was absolutely central to the birth of democracy (see previous Salford Star article).

Now that unique history is finally being recognised, due to the hard work and persistence of the Friends of Kersal Moor. At 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday, the Mayor of Salford will unveil a commemorative plaque to the Chartists.

The Celebration starts at 1pm with live music from Besses Boys Band, stalls, activities and games. There's even a Salford Star t-shirt stall.

Everyone is urged to come in fancy dress reflecting the history of the Moor, with prizes for the best costumes. Manchester Community Choir will also be performing what is believed to be the first rendition of `A New Song On The Great Demonstration' for 138 years. In case anyone wants to sing along, here's a verse…Altogether now…

`You Lancashire lads, this day is the time
Reformers will now both their hands and hearts join,
For Freedom and Liberty's now is the cry,
To no longer be slaves but like Freemen to die
So let us be steady, determined and ready,
When met boys upon Kersal Moor.'

A Celebration of Kersal Moor, is organised by Friends of Kersal Moor with funding from East Salford Community Committee and the Salford Ranger Team

On Saturday 1st May 2pm, Maxine Peake will be reading Chartist poetry as part of the Frow Memorial Lecture at The Old Fire Station in Salford. Full details here...


 

Barry Johnson wrote
at 16:18:06 on 29 April 2010
`A New Song On The Great Demonstration' was recorded by Mark Dowding and Chris Harvey. I don't know if they ever did a public performance. I'll send more details to Salford Star by e-mail.
 
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