Wolverhampton May Day virtual festival Friday 1st May 2020
Wolverhampton Workers' Day - May Day Wednesday 1st May 2019
Tuesday 1st May 2018 Wolverhampton Workers' Day - May Day
Monday 1st May 2017 May Day Wolverhampton Workers' Day
Wolverhampton Workers' Day Friday 1st May 2015
pictures of 2015 event on www.1stmaywolverhampton.org.uk
1st May Wolverhampton Workers' Day 2014
next event is Friday 1st May 2015
1st May Wolverhampton Workers' Day 2013
Thursday 1st May 2014 will be our next Wolverhampton Workers Day from 7pm @Pegasus, WV6 0QQ
Community May Day on a Shoe-String
This document is for Wolverhampton May Day Committee and for anyone who might want to establish their own May Day event.
The Wolverhampton May Day Committee was established in 1994, as a result of the threats of the last Conservative government to abolish May Day in Britain and replace it with a nationalistic holiday. Since our workers` holiday has been celebrated again in Wolverhampton it has gone from strength to strength and is now probably the most popular West Midlands event. The May Day Committee was founded by Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC and the local branches of the Communist Party and Indian Workers Association.
While not the blueprint for all May Day events, our shared experiences may be valuable. In our city, we have achieved some success. The event has filled a void and brings together the labour movement, for more than just one day a year, by building trust between individuals and groups.
The May Day event has now achieved a regular place in the labour movement activities within Wolverhampton and obtains a wide range of national and international speakers.
After initially growing each year, for the last few years our audiences have averaged about 200 people, drawn from political and trade union movements but more so from the differing local communities within which the venue is always held. We have always had the intention of holding a march in addition to a rally. We have however never done this, perhaps for several reasons. The event`s cultural side has grown increasingly and it is this that attracts the bulk of the audience primarily. Due to the very few numbers each year (usually 2 or 3 comrades) who do all of the organising, the whole event has never been able to develop. The same programme has been adapted from year to year. The main fear is that a march would attract too few people and split the organisers on the day who would be needed for setting up for the rally.
budgets are guide only - not been updated
Each year we celebrate workers` day on 1st MAY. We feel that is important to mark the actual day and have even held it on election nights. Invariably local elections or national ones are held in early May and so some won`t turn up due to canvassing and others turn up to be inspired. Chesterfield is always on the Bank Holiday Monday. Birmingham is held on the Saturday. London is held during the day on 1st May. Merseyside and Tyneside are held during the weekend.
When the 1st falls on a weekend, events have become much bigger than the evening meetings. Therefore special consideration needs to be given to the structure and activities of the day. DECIDE - afternoon or evening?For a 4 Hour meeting on weekends - most arrive for the last 2 hours.
This helps to create a political focus to the event. Poverty, anti-fascism, asylum, health campaigns. Useful to relate to a local or regional TU campaign focus for that particular year.It is very useful when appealing for sponsorship / donations.
TWO PRINCIPLES OF ACTION.
1) Town Centre / March and Rally + events
2) 2) Hold event in local community where progressive work can be developed.
In Wolverhampton we have developed strong work within Whitmore Reans and have consistently held our events within that community. We have usually used the Pegasus pub or Community Centre.
Type of room – to hold around 200 –400 people. Community Centre or pub function room. BUDGET: free-£100
DECISION: Start Time
Doors open ½ hour before, so people can visit stalls. Need entertainment to turn up and provide at least background music prior to the start.
If using a Community Centre, then get local pub to run the bar and use their licensing. Check in advance, may need a month`s notice.
STAGE AREA / ELECTRICAL POINTS.
At least 6 electrical points and to supply 2 big extension leads.
Adjustable lighting in room – not too bright.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FACILITIES – best provided by either live band (and to pay for a mixer) or DJ with a sound system and microphones.
We have used local radio DJ`s in the past BUDGET - £100.
Always had:• CPB• IWA• Trade Union Speaker
OCCASIONAL INVITED SPEAKERS:
• Sinn Fein• Local Labour MP`s• CSC / PSC/ Anti War etc• International• Local Trade Union dispute speakers• Possible future speakers: Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee, Secular Society• Big name speaker – need to book well in advance. Easier if a weekday.
Think about inviting women speakers and black speakers.
Budget for travel expenses
see write ups from our 1st May events to see the types of performers that we have booked. We have always striven to give a variety of cultures space each year.
Over the years we have also had a school Steel Band, local Gujarati dancers, Banner Theatre, bands etc
Artists may offer to perform free. We BUDGET £30-£40 for individuals to perform or £100 for groups.
Mendhi - hand painting is very popular BUDGET £40Small frequent 10-15 minute slots between speakers.• Music played in intervals
Bouncy Castle - BUDGET £50 - essential to have at least 2 people to supervise children, if necessary to be paid. Finish 1 hour prior to end or at dusk (whichever is first).On weekends significant numbers of families arrive and therefore a greater amount of activities need to be organised for the children. Including possibly:
• Magician• Face Painting – works well - BUDGET £30 - £40• Video – Set-up in separate area Jugglers – Use local contacts – youth groups etc• Hair Braiding – Local volunteer?• Workshops – not usually a crowd-puller if it is a family event.• Helium cylinder for balloons. Ask stalls to provide their own balloons with logos or get red balloons. You should have biodegradable balloons if you launch lots. If staging a launch of balloons – it is a nice photo for press, who may not otherwise turn up. Get someone e.g. striker or MP to launch.
Need to further develop names and contact details for each of these in advance. Need a lead singer for singing of Internationale at end to get the crowd going. Print the words in the front of the programme.
Check if tables are available at venue. Stalls make a huge difference to the event. Guarantees at least some attendance in the very early part of a meeting.
Don`t charge for voluntary stalls. If a TU wishes to have a stall then an offer of a free stall with an advert in the programme – price by negotiation.
EXAMPLES OF STALLS: Palestine Solidarity, CND, Stop the War, National Union Teachers, Morning Star, UNISON, Communist Party of Britain, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Indian Workers Association, Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC, Fair Trade, Troops Out.
Very well received part of event. Arranged at interval in middle of event, when most people are there.
We provide Asian buffet. 2 Somosas, Chick Pea Curry and Salad each. Paper plates, Serviettes, Plastic spoons, banqueting roll and tape to attach it.2 servers of the food. Plastic gloves/aprons.
BUDGET £100 to serve 200 people plus £30 dispoables
We use the same recognisable artwork each year. It is easy to adapt.
Include a contact mobile number - only one is best.500 A3 POSTER – 2 Colour – include the text `Not for flyposting` on poster. Use for: Flyposting, TU workplaces, Community Centres2000 A5 leaflets - for mailings and door-to-door leafleting in the area of the venue. This does work and is a very necessary task if you want to involve the local community.
BUDGET £150 It will take years to have a comprehensive mailing list though mass mailings to branches are a fall back position.
Mailings and leaflets to:• Trades Union Councils• Labour Party – poor attendance• Local trade unions via Trades Council Mailing• Local campaign groups: i.e. Anti-war• Voluntary / Community Centre – Worth doing, gets occasional links• Faith based organisations – no response• Leafleted local streets within walking distance – Do get a response• Advertise on Campaign and Trade Union web sites.• E-mail circulars
The reality, as always, is to get individuals to state where they will distribute leaflets and how many they need. If possible ask if they need a hand.
BUDGET £30 per mailing of 100, postage, envelopes etc.
ADVERTS• MORNING STAR - Always put adverts well in advance in the Monday Column and then a box on the day or a Saturday before. BUDGET £45•
What`s On Magazines - often free listings and widely read, but have a long lead time and may need 2 months notice, so just send what details you have.
Iternet adverts - type in "What's on in ..your town" and advertise for free on whatever sites come up e.g. Skiddle
• TU & TUC newsletters and magazines often are crying out for articles - need to send well in advance - include review of previous years and notice of next event.
• When we have used local radio DJ`s at the event, we advertised cheaply on their station. Need to provide own tape, they can help if necessary. Need 2-3 weeks notice. BUDGET £40.• Ask TUs to place advert or put one in if they make a donation or sponsor the event.
The programme acts as a promotion of the event, a keepsake, and is an opportunity to get the fundamental political messages across. DON`T CHARGE for it.• Front Page - Copy of poster (Constant)• Inside cover – list of stalls and Internationale (Constant)• Page 1 - Programme of events• Page 2 - General TUC advert on why to join a TU• Page 3 – Anti Fascist advert – UNISON West Midlands• Centre pages – main political article (four column layout) • Page 6 - local campaign adverts• Page 7 – Local Labour MP`s quotes• Page 8 - Workers Memorial Day (Constant)• Back Page – Map and directions for venue - quite important(Constant)Fill gaps in the programme with progressive adverts – regardless of payment.
We print (for mailings and at event):500 12-page A5 booklets. Cover 160gram coloured card, paper insert 100gram (prevents ink bled through)We will be aiming to produce a 16 page for 2005.Get copy done at least 1 month in advance – last item to complete prior to printing should be programme of events. Once confirmed – print.
FUNDING• All activities are provided by us to the audience free of charge on the day – except the bar.• Appeal letters to local trade union branches – but nothing beats personal contact. Follow up.• Appeal to a union region to sponsor the event. UNISON West Midlands who are invited to address the meeting for 5 minutes regularly sponsor us, including an A5 advert in the programme. We`ve had £250-£300.• Local T.U Branches have donated between £10 & £200. Advert in programme included.• Via Trades Council - apply to Regional TUC Development fund - up to £250 available. • On occasions we have held a collection at the end – divided between Morning Star and Trade Union dispute. Need to work out what the best time to take it will be, people may leave before end. Just after food is best.• Alternatively a raffle can be considered. Need to work out in advance who will be the sellers.
DECORATE VENUE• Outside - flags posters on venue. Make sure directions signs for cars or toilets are in place if needed.• Need 5? volunteers to set-up up hall, an hour before start.• Cover tables with banqueting role, decorate and arrange stalls. • Red cloth for table if you have speakers, especially if on a platform.• Ensure `stage` area for speakers and DJ etc stays clear.• Flags• Morning Star banner• Trade Union banners• May Day Committee banner - do you have one?• Display boards• Posters – be aware of management restrictions re sellotape, blue tack etc.• We intersperse entertainment and speakers throughout the event.• Bring gaffer tape, blue tack, marker pens, blank posters.
Three to seven days in advance for daily newspapers and radio2 months for `what`s on` magazines
Always difficult to get publicity. Best if personal contact can be made. Need local `newsy` event to stand best chance.
Possibly send letters to local newspaper
Get Mobile number for all speakers and entertainment – Best to have a back up speaker
ORGANISE A PHOTOGRAPHER - or ask the digital camera users to send you copies.
If it is to be videoed, would anyone want a copy? Is it worth it?
Can be expensive to print T-shirts or enamel badges and large quantities are often required to order. You can then waste a lot of time selling enough to break even.
May Day Celebrations in Birmingham
Sat 2nd May 2015 2-5pm
Workers Day Wolverhampton May 1st 2012
Over 300 came to enjoy performances from Moqapi Selassie, Transit Trix and Broken Dialect.
Workers Day Sunday 1st May 2011
Tuesday 1st May 2012 will be the 18th annual event - to be held at Pegasus WV6 0QQ
2011 17th annual event - Attila the Stockbroker, Transit Trix breakers and Fargo performed at this free entry event
Cheryl Pidgeon Midlands TUC Secretary, Mr Khalsa Indian Workers Association and Nick Kelleher WB&DTUC spoke great turnout with over 300 came along
1st May 2010 Wolverhampton Workers' Day (May Day) celebration
Workers' Day 1st May 2009
Over 300 trade unionists, political activists, campaigners and people of Whitmore Reans celebrated the 1st May, Workers' Day in Wolverhampton for the 15th year on Friday 1st May 2009. Speakers, entertainment, music, food, bouncy castle, face-painting and stalls at the Pegasus Function Room, Craddock Street.
Wolverhampton May Day 1st May 2008
Hundreds of local people and activists joined the 14th annual 1st May celebrations in Wolverhampton. It was again the biggest attendance ever.
Thanks to all the trade unions which sponsored it, the performers and volunteers who helped make it work so well.
And what better way to celebrate it than to vote against the BNP and attend the Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trade Union Council which holds its annual celebration on Workers' Day whether Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, and was a wonderful success with a multicultural attendance fitting for the district that it takes place in.
This was the 14th. annual 1st of May celebrations in Wolverhampton under the slogan of Workers of the West Midlands Unite; not quite as sonorous as Workers of the World Unite but embodying the same principles.
Now I challenge any organisation in Britain to have put on such a multicultural May Day Celebration attended equally by seasoned militants of many nations and politically innocent young people of all cultures.
It was good to know that that Birmingham were also having a multicultural event and we hope that it was as successful as ours in Wolverhampton.
Then there is Graham Stevenson speaking at the social on Why You Should Read the Morning Star. Graham is historian and political activist who runs a remarkable collection of Communist, YCL and other history portraits on his website www.grahamthewebtailor.co.uk
Ken Purchase MP for NE Wolverhampton made an appearance at the social to argue the case for our comprehensive school system against the Educational Academies which have been held at our heads as a condition for accepting mythical riches of in the development of our schools. Ken has been an outspoken opponent of Academies in Parliament and remains so today."
7pm doors open and chance to visit stalls, bar, bouncy castle, mehndi
music from One Love International
1st May festival 2007 - Wolverhampton May Day Committee`s 13th annual May Day festival
Most agreed it was one of the best May Days held, with 250 enjoying the evening.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGptkBmCK0c check this link to see an advert for 2007 event
featured live music from 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.
to view a video of previous Wolverhampton May Day featuring Rodney Bickerstaffe dedicated to founder member of W'ton May Day Committee Kamaljit Rana Singh.
check out Attila`s website http://www.attilathestockbroker.com/
http://www.small-axe.com/attila/ for free mp3 downloads of Attila
or listen directly to a few ones I`ve selected:
http://www.small-axe.com/attila/belfast/licence.mp3 my poetic licence
http://www.small-axe.com/attila/belfast/daleks.mp3 asylum seeking daleks
http://www.small-axe.com/attila/zero/guyfawkes.mp3 anti-war song
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! He celebrated the 25th anniversary of his first gig with a sold out show at the Komedia Theatre in Brighton on September 8th 2005.
He is very proud to have earned a living as a poet since 1982.
7pm doors open and chance to visit stalls, bar, bouncy castle, mehndi. Music from One Love International Sound System
7.15pm Azaad Dhol group (Indian drums)
7.30pm welcome from Dave Cole, May Day Committee
speaker: Yvonne Washbourne PCS report of their May 1st national strike action over public services cuts
7.50pm Ivor Pearce – political folk singer
8.10pm speaker: Naeem Malik Guantanamo Bay Campaign
8-20pm interval & food - free Asian buffet
music from One Love International
8.45pm speaker: Avtar sadiq National Vice-President Indian Workers Association
9pm ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER
followed by One Love Sound System
ALL FREE...except the bar
LIBYAN STUDENTS FROM HELL! Attila the Stockbroker
Just look at us - we`re the scourge of the land
We`re Colonel Gadaffi`s favourite band
We all eat babies and we’re commies too
And we`ve all got AIDS and we’ll give it to you
With scaly tails and horns and hooves
We undermine everything that moves
You can read about us in the daily press:
we’re worse than the Russians in the DHSS
So don`t mess with us, cos we`re foreign and we smell -
We’re the Libyan Students from Hell!
If your telly goes wrong or your car won`t start
you can bet your life that we played our part
If your team doesn`t win or you miss the bus
then ten to one it was down to us
If a dog runs off with your copy of the Sun
and brings it back with the crossword done
If someone smacks you in the head
or you find a terrapin in your bed
we did it - and everything else as well
Cos we`re Libyan Students from Hell!
There`s nothing very prudent about a Libyan student
Can`t you tell?
There`s nothing very prudent about a Libyan student
We imported Neighbours to these shores
We personally started both World Wars
We broke your Gran`s Coronation mugs
We sold Ben Johnson all his drugs
We caused the Plague and the Great Fire too
and we brought The Price Is Right` to you
We pushed Robert Maxwell over the side
We took Marc Bolan for his last ride
So don`t mess with us - we`re foreign and we smell
We`re the Libyan Students from Hell ..
WOLVERHAMPTON MAY DAY 2007 speech by Graham Stevenson
A few words first on a special initiative associated with the Morning Star, given that today is not only international workers' day, it's also the launch of the new website http://www.midlands-morningstar.org.uk/
Go to it to see how you can help and why you should. Unlike the rest of the media, the Morning Star is independent of big business. Why any active trades unionist doesn't read it every day is beyond me, For anyone who thinks the Star is `left behind', you haven't read it in years. The Star is rightly proud of its heritage, But anybody who's anybody on the left knows that its outlook is now very broad.
The Star tells you what it does on the tin � well on the front page - "the daily paper of the left" it says. The Morning Star is owned by its readers, via the Peoples Press Printing Society co-operative. You can own it by buying shares, as many trade unions are now doing. But no one shareholder is any more important than another. The masthead also tells you it's "For peace and socialism''. That�s what you can expect to see in the paper. It doesn�t just enjoy support of �. and give coverage to �. the trade unions and the Labour left; you�ll find the SNP, Plaid, the Greens, SSP, Respect, the women's, peace and international solidarity movements there.
If you want real news this is the paper for you; if you want to know what�s going on in Big Brother, or Beckenham Palace, don�t bother with the Star! If you want controversy, you can't do better than the Star letters� page. Its regular columns from John Pilger, Ken Livingstone, Jon Cruddas, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Liz Davies, Robert Griffiths, George Galloway and the marvellous cartoons of Martin Rawson make the Star the brightest spot in the firmament of the Broadest Left possible.
It's there that you can read why the Ineos strikers at Grangemouth have been taking the action they have. `Greedy' one red-top has called them. Greedy? To take strike action to defend the pensions of future workers in the company? Unreasonable? To defend the non-contributory scheme because they are paid less than other refinery workers, who have to pay for their schemes.
It often depends on what you choose to read as to whether you are appalled or enthused. It's all in how you view it. Half a million public sector workers striking, as a Tory shadow minister says, at the drop of a hat � I dare say he'd know, top hat and all. Gordon Brown lauded the dockers of Durban for refusing to unload a freighter carrying arms for Zimbabwe; I didn�t hear him complain that such an act would be illegal in this country. Nor did I hear him applaud the leaderships of both the South African Transport Workers Union and the Chinese Seafarers Union, who jointly prevailed upon the China Ocean Shipping Company to turn the ship back.
You�ll not find another paper that tells you as much about the complicated events that the modern world provokes. I defy anyone to say that the remarkable briefings from Kenny Coyle on Tibet do not add to the sum of our knowledge. If you read the Star, you'd know that 10,000 Chinese citizens marched in Edinburgh to celebrate the contribution of the Beijing Olympics to world peace; and that similar huge numbers marched in several other cities. Didn�t see it on BBC News; maybe that�s why the Chinese community is currently signing up en masse to a petition against the news whitewash?
That there�s a great deal of hypocrisy about is evident to those that know that as many people are killed in Iraq and Afghanistan every day � and have been every day for five years now - as were in the whole of the sad but thankfully short period of riots in Tibet.
All of the contradictions you can spot are firmly linked to the strange form of economics we have here, which relies on the price of privately owned homes built decades ago not to tumble; or heaves around the price of crude oil, or the massive capital flows that Russian capitalists employ to shuffle their bundles away to our Channel Islands tax havens. It seems to many as if, as the western world teeters on the edge of recession and gloom. Despondency appears to be the main beneficiary of our prized electoral systems; look at Italy, which has just elected its first Duce for six decades.
If you read the Star, you will know that the thrice-misnamed European Court of Justice is piling on the rulings that the right to business comes way ahead of the right to free association and, especially, the right to strike that makes such a freedom effective. The poor human rights that workers such as those at Grangemouth enjoy are in fact tottering on the edge of abolition. My great-grandfather was a born around the time unions were legalised in Britain; it isn�t so long ago. How firm are our rights? As firm as the competitive free-market system will permit, it seems.
But, you know, the human race is not a competition; if it was, most of the runners would be knackered, barefoot and thirsty before they started. There�s them that would get a head start though and a few would have the umpires on their side. No wonder many give up and watch the rat race with a beer, burger and chips for company. Don�t, deep down, we all want to help one another? I believe that human beings would prefer to be like that; to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. Our way of life can be free and beautiful but we have lost our way. Technology that could give us abundance has left us permanently wanting things and our society has become cynical, hard and unkind. I remember being told by media pundits in the 1970s that we�d all work a 25 hour week by the 21st century. Yeah, 25 hours in one job and 25 in the second job to hold your head above water!
The world has become a smaller place but the effects of this cry out for humanity, kindness and gentleness. Even now, this May Day, our voice, the voice of the international working class movement unites millions of men, women and little children throughout the world. The disordered society that is now upon us is but reflective of the bitterness of those who fear human progress. The hate of unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts; but humans are not computers, or calculators.
We need to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance to win a world of reason, where science and progress will lead to the happiness of all and not the death and misery of people in far-off lands. Ultimately, it is the mass of the people who have the power. The power to serve others and create happiness; we each have the power to make life free and beautiful. Let�s use that power to unite and fight for a new world, a decent world that will give people a chance to work to fulfil themselves; that will give future and security to all.
2006 12th annual 1st May festival
Over 200 people enjoyed Wolverhampton`s 12th annual International Workers` Day Festival 1st May.
Theme `Union Rights are Human Rights`
sponsored by FBU Region 7 and UNISON West Midlands
Monday 1st May, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton
Programme of events (or what you missed!!)
12-30pm doors open and chance to visit stalls, bar, bouncy castle, mehndi.
music from One Love International sound system
1pm welcome from Dave Cole, May Day Committee
1-15pm Kris Krendo magician stage &
floor show, close-up magic
2pm Darrall Cozens, (Hands Off Venezuela) speaks: Latin America Fights Back
2-15pm interval & food - free Asian buffet
music from One Love International sound system
2-45pm Avtar Sadiq President Indian Workers' Association(GB)
3pm The Mighty Jamma steelpan champion
3.15pm Alireza Rahimi Iran workers’ rights
3.25pm The Mighty Jamma part2
followed by a rousing rendition of the Internationale
and music from One Love International sound system
Birmingham Trades Union Council celebrated
MAY DAY 2006 INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY on Sat 29th April
PCS - Against Civil Service Cut Backs
NUT - No Privatisation, No Academies
Stop the War Campaign
Padraig MacLochlainn - Sinn Fein Mayor of Buncranna
Phyll Brazier - Guantanamo Campaign
Videos: Simon Jones ~ Killed by Casualisation, Remember the Irish Hunger Strikers ~ 25th Anniversary, Spanish Civil War
Plus Music & Stalls
All Trade Union organisations and progressive campaign groups are invited to have a stall. Please send £10 for a stall plus any donation to support the event to BTUC
c/o Vice President 123, Newton Road, Sparkhill B11 4PS
Contact: Mary 0797 017 4167
COVENTRY sent a COACH TO THE TUC DEMONSTRATION for a Trade Union Freedom Bill organised in London, with a May Day Social in the evening in Coventry.
MAY DAY 2006 IN WORCESTER
Leon Rosselson (singer song-writer) and Ian Saville (socialist magician)
Present `Look at it This Way`
May 1st Monday
CHESTERFIELD MAY DAY
March 10.30am from Town Hall, stalls and entertainment in Market square until afternoon
11th Wolverhampton May 1st festival
11th Annual Wolverhampton May Day Festival was celebrated by over 200 people on Sunday 1st May 2005. It all went very smoothly all speakers and entertainment came and was enjoyed by all the diverse audience.
Programme of events:
3-30pm doors open - stalls, bar, bouncy castle, mehndi, Poi Poi display & helium balloons
Music from One Love International Sound System
4pm Welcome from Andy Goodall, Wolverhampton May Day Committee
Birmingham Clarion Socialist Choir (12 people)
4-30pm Di Neoh, local poet
Birmingham Clarion Socialist Choir (part2)
5pm Rodney Bickerstaffe, National Pensioners’ Convention, former Gen. Sec. UNISON speaking on The Future of Pensions in Britain, followed by questions
Rob Marris Labour candidate Wolverhampton SW
Bollywood Dancer display
5-30pm interval and food - free Asian buffet
Music from One Love International Sound System
6pm AZAAD Youth DHOL Players
speaker: Avtar Sadiq, President Association of Indian Communists
music from local singer/songwriter Anthony Doyle
6-30pm speaker Jo Stevenson National Treasurer, Youth CND
7pm Ivor Pearce & his 12-string guitar - songs for Peace & Socialism
& singing of Internationale
One Love International Sound System