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Remembering and reflecting on the 'Battle of Lewisham' in August 1977, when a mobilisation by the far-right National Front in South East London was met by mass opposition. A series of events to mark the 30th anniversary. Contact lewisham77@gmail.com

Saturday, 1 September 2007

ALCARAF march

This picture shows the front rank of the All Lewisham Campaign Against Racism and Fascism demonstration on 13th August 1977. From left to right there is Roger Godsiff, Mayor of Lewisham (with chain), Mike Power (ALCARAF/Communist Party of Great Britain - with stewards armband), Mervyn Stockwood, Bishop of Southwark, Martin Savitt (Board of Deputies of British Jews - with glasses).

1 comment:

DOUG SMITH said...

MY NAME IS DOUG SMITH AND I WISH TO STATE THAT MIKE POWER WAS NOT CHAIR OF ALCARAF, I WAS. I WAS ALSO THE CHAIR OF LEWISHAM AND DEPTFORD TRADES COUNCIL THAT SET UP ALCARAF ON THE INSRTUCTIONS OF THE T.U.C TO ORGANISE BROAD COMMUNITY OPOSITION TO THE ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL FRONT.
MIKE WAS A CLOSE FRIEND AND A GOOD ORGANISER AND I ASKED HIM IF HE WOULD ACT AS CHIEF STEWARD AND HE DID A GOOD JOB. THE WORK OF CURTAILING THE ACTIONS OF THE FRONT DID NOT START WITH THE DEMO BUT WITH STREET MEETINGS, LEAFLETING AT RAILWAY STAITIONS AND MANY OTHER ACTIONS. I BROADLY SUPPORT MIKES SUMMARY OF EVENTS OF THE DAY AND VERY PROUD OF THE PART THAT ALCARAF PLAYED IN KEEPING THE LIKES OF THE FRONT OUT OF LEWISHAM.