This year was our 25th anniversary, about 300 people came – a good mixture of trades unionists and local people from Whitmore Reans. It was a very successful night.
We had over a dozen union and local campaign stalls, free mehndi and bouncy castle, face-painting and we served over 250 free meals. Our main acts were Attila the Stockbroker & Reckless bboy crew.
Lynne Moran, the local Labour Party councillor who addressed the crowd, increased her percentage of the vote the following day at election. We had a number of new signups and understand that the union stalls present recruited several new members.
UNITE, UNISON, PCS, UCU members helped hand-deliver leaflets to 5,000 local homes. 2,000 more flyers went out in the labour movement. It was also included on or websites and social media which had a Facebook reach of 4,700.
If your branch would like a free stall next year you would be very welcome.
Wednesday 1st May 2019
venue: Pegasus Banqueting Suite, Jackson Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton WV6 0QQ
Attila the Stockbroker, political punk poet
1st May speakers:
Cnllr Lynne Moran, St Peter's Labour Party - she was elected the following day with an increased share of the vote, 76% of total
Joginder Bains Indian Workers Association (GB)
George Hickman Communist Party
also featuring :
One Love International Sound System
ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, "Whether he`s ranting a poem or bashing out a song, there’s something magnificent about Attila in full flight" (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 4). Poet in residence at Brighton & Hove Albion, Attila Headlines the Cabaret stage at Glastonbury festival every year; listen to some of his music
Sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. His themes are topical, his words hard-hitting, his politics unashamedly radical, but Attila will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger...
Inspired by the spirit and `Do It Yourself` ethos of punk rock, and above all by The Clash and their overtly radical, political stance, he started as a punk bass player in 1977 and took the name Attila the Stockbroker in 1980, blagging spots for his poems and songs in between bands at punk gigs. He quickly got a couple of John Peel radio sessions, a deal with London independent record label Cherry Red Records and before very long was on the front cover of Melody Maker...and he hasn`t looked back since, now nearly 40 years on the road.
Attila the Stockbroker
Reckless bboy crew We are Reckless, a bboy crew from Wolverhampton, founded in Heath Town in 1982. We are the second generation, we teach, battle, perform and uphold the legacy the original generation left us and the true culture of hip-hop and all it's elements.
Movement Styles 2 and 3 (All styles, semi finals)
BBC Radio 1Xtra Live Bham 2014
International Dance Festival 2014 and 2016 (B-town, Put Your Foot Down, IDFB Robot Semi Finals)
World Record for Most People Motion Captured In Real Time (set in 2015 alongside members of Coob, Break Mission, 2Rounds, MDK)
Break Mission Presents: Dance Of Death
Gimme The Breaks 2016 (breaking, top 16)
Fat Beats 2016 (Finals, Popping)
One Love International reggae sound system have been long time supporters of Wolverhampton May 1st events and will again be playing and this year
more details on www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk
free veggie curry for all - the Indian Workers Association prepares and serves over 200 free meals at the event around 7-45pm
Mrs P Patel of Bilston will be once again giving free mehndi from opening until the free food is served
from 6.45pm to 8.15pm free supervised bouncy castle
1st May stalls:tbc
Morning Star - daily paper of the Left "I would encourage everybody to read it" - Jeremy Corbyn
Indian Workers Association
Wolverhampton Communist Party
This year's sponsors were:
UNISON City of Wolverhampton branch ASLEF 236 Wolverhampton branch South West CLP
UNITE WM6150 branch W'ton General UNITE WM7085 (Wolverhampton Homes) UNITE West Midlands Region Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC