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Peterloo memorial plaque unveiled

Published Monday 10th December 07 in Your Council news

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Glynn Evans unveiled a new plaque to mark the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester.

The new plaque replaces an existing one at the former Free Trade Hall on Peter Street now the Radisson Edwardian Hotel. The new plaque more accurately describes the events that took place on August 16 1819.

School children from Moorside High School in Swinton approached the Leader of the Council, Sir Richard Leese, to mark the event and the new plaque is considered to be a befitting memorial.

The Leader welcomed the pupils and other invited guests, including representatives of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign to Monday's unveiling.

The Peterloo Massacre was a result of a public meeting in St Peter's Fields, organised by the Manchester Patriotic Union Society, a political group campaigning for radical parliamentary reform and a repeal of the Corn Laws.

However the demonstration saw cavalry charge into the crowd attacking men, women and children resulting in 15 deaths and more than 600 injuries.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Glynn Evans said: "We are acknowledging one of the most important events in Manchester's history and should be marked accordingly. We must also never forget those who lost their lives on that day."

The City Council has consulted historian Robert Poole as specialist adviser on Peterloo and he has ensured the wording on the red, special events plaque is accurate.

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