Thursday, March 15, 2007

Southall May Day 1937


Southall's first May Day demonstration was held in 1937.

march started 3:30 from the White Swan Public House, King Street, Southall
The rally was addressed by Walter Ayles the newly selected Labour Party candidate for Uxbridge Division (which included Southall, Hayes and Uxbridge)

300 people took part in the march "behind the red flag and the gas, light & Coke Company band. Southall Labour Councillors were present

Banners included Communist Party, Socialist League, Labour Ward and trade union's and included a contingent of busmen strikers from Hanwell Garage (in white coats)

At Southall Park there were two platforms, one a saloon car and one a coal cart and from these speakers addressed the audience

Alderman G.A. Pargiter and Alderman Mrs F.S. Amos presided

Mr Dan Chater MP for Bethnal Green addressed the audience

Active in Southall Labour League of Youth, who had a contingent on the march (meet 2.30 at the Town hall) was Sid Bidwell (later MP) James Thomas Eldridge (Chairman of local League & Enginner) Mr G. Whitfield, Mr D.Romney

Ealing Young Communists meet at Hanwell Library every Tuesday at 8pm , YCL Secretary K.Knight 17 Almond Avenue, Ealing

YCL involved in local Southall Clarion Cycling Club