While the TV presenters are dribbling over Kate's wedding dress, you can take a walk on the wild side with Michael Herbert as he leads you around Manc places where the monarchy and the whole capitalist system almost met its doom.
The walk and talk includes the scene of the Siege of Manchester where Cromwell's forces just held out against the Royalists coming across Salford Bridge. It also takes in the places and spaces from where Karl Marx and Fred Engels tried to change the world, and where the Co-operative Movement tried to make the world a better place.
The walk also wanders around the scene of the Peterloo Massacre where the army butchered workers fighting for their rights, and takes in the Albert Square riots, invasions by the Scottish army and the office of the historic Clarion newspaper, amongst loads of other radical stuff.
After all this you'll be itching to run home to see the pomp and affluence of British society spewing out of your tv…
…Or there'll still be time to attend some of the other Avoid the Royal Wedding Events…
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 click here (warning: explicit lyrics - if easily offended do not click!!!)
To go on the Walk, meet by Robert Owen statue outside Co-op Bank, Corporation St, Manchester at 10:45am. It lasts about two hours.
Cost: £6 (£3 cons). All proceeds to Oldham Unity
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Michael Herbert is a Trustee of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford and has been researching, writing and talking about the area's radical history for thirty years. He has an MA in the history of the Manchester Region and his publications include The Wearing of the Green, a history of the Irish in Manchester.
Original Sex Pistols God Save The Queen graphic by Jamie Reid