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Submitted by on April 26, 2011 – 9:16 pmNo Comment

People in Manchester can enjoy an alternative to the royal wedding on Friday, by going on a walk which explores the city’s radical and rebellious history.

The walk is being led by Michael Herbert who has been researching, writing and speaking about Manchester’s radical history for many years. He has an MA from Manchester Metropolitan University in the history of Manchester and is a Trustee of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.

His published work includes The Wearing of the Green, a political history of the Irish in Manchester. and Never Counted Out, a biography of Len Johnson, the Manchester boxer and Communist.

Michael said: “Manchester took the side of Parliament against Charles I during the civil war of the 1640s and there was strong support in the town in the 1790s for the revolutionary ideas of Thomas Paine. Manchester has played a leading role in many of the radical movements of the past 200 years. This walk will give people to have no interest in the royal wedding an alternative event to go to.”

The walk will include the Co-operative Movement, the Clarion movement, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the Siege of Manchester, the Manchester Guardian, Peterloo, Chartism, rioting in Albert Square and on Shudehill, and will discover what happened when the town was invaded by a Scottish army.

All proceeds from the walk will go to Oldham Unity which supports many refugees and asylum seekers in Oldham.

The walk begins at 10:45am at the Robert Owen Statue, outside the Co-operative Bank, Balloon Street. The walk costs £6.00/3.00 concessions.

This is a Red Flag Walks event. For further information email redflagwalks@gmail.com

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