I WITNESS HISTORY

A series of audio dramas which look at historical events from the eyes and in the imagined words of those who were there, or who might have been there.

The Battle of Lewisham - August 13, 1997

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Published on: August 13, 2017

On August 13th1997. The National Front planned to march through Lewisham, South East London, one of the most multi-cultural boroughs in the country, and ignored Police requests to cancel.

The Anti-Nazi League, for the first time, encouraged Local Community Groups to join with them in a peaceful demonstration to halt the march. “Not on our streets!”.

For the first time ever on the British mainland, riot shields and riot gear were deployed by the SPG (Special Patrol Group).

On the fortieth Anniversary of that Battle, Jed has gathered his family, children and grandchildren in The Black Horse and Harrow Pub, Catford to tell his story. How he and his schoolmates resisted and stopped the March.

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