Media Release 20th April
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Haringey Diversity festival to mark 40 years of opposition to racist march in Wood Green
Haringey TUC the local North London organisation of the TUC has said that it is backing a major Haringey Diversity Festival to be held at Ducketts Common, Turnpike Lane, North London on Sunday from midday.
Haringey has the most languages spoken of any political constituency in Europe and the festival will celebrate the diverse cultures of the Borough.
It is being held 40 years after a National Front march assembled at the same place, on 23rd April 1977, and attempted to march through shoppers in the busy Wood Green High St. The 1500 NF supporters met mass opposition and the far right have never returned to the Borough.
The co-ordinator of the protest on the day was current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He was a local Councillor in 1977.
Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, we want to mark the 40th anniversary of the day local people stood up to the National Front and laid the basis for the diverse multi-cultural Borough Haringey is today. But it’s about the present too. We stand against racism now as well as 40 years ago and we want to celebrate the unity of people in Haringey against those who would divide us.
Local MPs David Lammy and Catherine West will speak, along with trade union and community leaders. There is also entertainment, and the event is free to all without a ticket.
The 40th anniversary of the ‘Battle of Wood Green’ is backed by Unite the Union, the South and East Region TUC, Haringey TUC, local Labour Parties and Stand Up to Racism