Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…..Spyship (DVD).Based on the true story of the disappearance of the Hull based deep sea fishing boat Gaul which sank in the Barents sea, near Norway, in 1974. No trace of the ship was found for many years and 36 crew were lost in one of the worst fishing disasters of recent times. It happened during the Cold War period and many people, including the families of the crew, believed it had been sunk by the Russians. Spyship, starring Tom Wilkinson was shot around Hull and its docks was broadcast in 1983. The story feeds into the Cold War mentality that existed at that time and bears resemblance to the better known nuclear drama Edge of Darkness. Tom plays the journalist son of one of the dead crewmen who together with a family friend tries to work out what has happened to the ship and crew. As you would expect the secret services are not going to let him succeed and the story makes for a thrilling drama. The drama is increased by the haunting voice of folk singer June Tabor on the credits.

ReadEleanor Marx by Rachel Holmes. She was one of the daughters of the better known Karl Marx. Brought up and mainly home schooled by Karl and his wife Jenny in their cosmopolitan household she had the best of educations. One thing I really like about this book is that Rachel acknowledges the role of Jenny Marx who wants a better ie freer life for her daughter and encourages Eleanor’s dreams of pursuing a life on the theatrical stage as well as the political one. Eleanor had a very privileged life but she was not a snob and respected and learnt from working class women such as Fredrick Engel’s partners, the Burns sisters. Like Marx she believed that change would only come through struggle by those, women and men, at the bottom of society. It was a belief that dominated her life and her politics. Rachel Holmes has produced an insightful and well written history of one of the most important, if forgotten, women of the late 19th century. It is an expensive book so get it from your library.

Go to…a curtain raiser for the 4th Wigan Diggers Festival on 19 July at the Bolton Socialist Club from 2-10pm with a stella line-up of poets, comedians and musicians to mark the upcoming Wigan event in September, one of the North West’s political and cultural highlights. Further details see and for info about the Diggers Festival in September see

Find out about… women’s role during the Miners Strike in 1984/5.Radical theatre group Red Ladder, who have just had their arts council funding cut, are touring a new play about the women’s role during one of the most significant episodes of recent history. We’re Not Going Back They say; Olive, Mary and Isabel are like any other sisters whose everyday squabbles became a background hum to the strike that forced them to question their lives, their relationships and their family ties. Support radical theatre by giving them a donation and go to the play in September in Oldham. For further details see

Learn more about…the campaign for the vote through this BBC TV drama series Shoulder to Shoulder which was made in 1974. It covers the period 1890-1919 and shows the main protagonists including the Pankhursts and Annie Kenney. Episode two is excellent, telling Annie Kenney’s story, of a mill girl from Oldham who becomes a national figure in the suffrage movement. There is also a book of the same name which includes excerpts from their speeches, diaries, letters, memoirs, other writings and various newspaper cuttings, photographs, and cartoons. Shamefully the series has never been repeated on TV but you can watch it on Youtube see

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

WatchUnder the Rainbow…a new film by two of my favourite filmmakers Agnes Jaoui and Jean Pierre Bacri. They make films for grownups. Under the Rainbow uses the storyline of several fairy tales to point out our weaknesses when it comes to relationships. Agnes plays an actor who runs drama workshops with children and Bacri plays his usual role of cynical and distant older man who cannot relate to women. At the centre of the film are two 20 year olds whose romance is thwarted by an older (wolf-like) character who seduces the young woman. The funniest and most enjoyable parts of the film are those with Agnes and Jean Pierre as he tries to break down her phobia about driving. Highly recommended.See it at

Read..Ignorance ..written by one of my favourite authors Michele Roberts. The story of two girls in France as the Second World War breaks out. The girls may be living in the same village but the lives are dominated by their class. Marie-Angele’s father is a grocer and very much part of the establishment of the village. Jeanne’s mother is a washerwoman, and a Catholic convert and right at the bottom of the social scale. But it is the life of Jeanne and her mother, particularly in their love of cooking, even if they could only dream of some dishes, that shows their love for each other and their rich, if poor, life together. The lives of the girls are turned upside down as the Second World War and the Nazis invade their village. Marie Angele becomes involved with the black market and Jeanne ends up working in a brothel. Michele Roberts shows how war and occupation destroyed peoples’ lives, not just the Jewish children who are betrayed by the catholic nuns, but the certainties of lots of little villages and communities across Europe at this time. Highly recommended. Buy it at

Find out..about Ellen Wilkinson at this talk by biographer Paula Bartley at the PHM on 12 July 1pm. Her book; Ellen Wilkinson; From Red Suffragist to Government Minister is well written and researched and she should be better known!! See my review at

Go see a play….Close the Coalhouse Door at Oldham Coliseum…written by Alan Plater in 1968, with the songs of Alex Glasgow and updated by Lee Hall. A Newcastle family looks back at 140 years of mining history in the northeast, a poignant mixture of stories and songs about the victories and the defeats of ordinary people in extraordinary times. It was based on stories by northeast author Sid Chaplin and I think one of the interesting aspects of it is the story of the relationship between fathers and their sons. It may seem pure nostalgia as we no longer have a coal mining industry in this country but the play does have a lot to say about the past and the real history of this country.

Join the national day of action to Oppose TTIP… The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated – in secret – between the European Union and the USA. It would grant corporations the power to sue governments, threatening our public services, environment, food, privacy and democracy.Unison have organised a meeting in Manchester on 9 July from 7pm see Further info on TTIP see
sign the petition at

Remember Peterloo... and join in what was the original route on Sunday 17 August from Barrowfields in Middleton to St.Peter’s Square in Manchester.The organisers have a new banner that was produced by Ed Hall to take on the march and there will be an exhibition at Clayton Hall to mark the event. Further info contact at

Listen to..Radio Solidarity Online...produced by Malc Cowle from his home in Manchester. Get an alternative view of the world though his weekly podcast of news and music about the working class. He also publishes books and gives a share of the profits to the WCML. Support him!! See his website at

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…. Will And Testament...a new documentary celebrating the life of Tony Benn (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014). He was one of the longest serving Labour MP’s and a Labour Minister but I don’t think most people on the left would hold that against him. It was his life after he left politics which is of most interest to me. Few people probably realise some of the less popular things he did, for example, when an Irish prisoner on remand, and later cleared of any offence, had a heart attack in prison, Tony Benn (not his local MP) was the only MP who would intervene to get this man an ECG. So ignore the blurb on this film calling Tony a “national treasure”: this trivialises the way in which he affected so many peoples lives and gave support to some of the most important struggles in this country over the years. The film has only a limited number of showings and Cornerhouse is hosting one of them, further details see

ReadThe People; the Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-1920 by Selina Todd. In her introduction she says her motivation for writing the book was because; “I looked in vain for my family’s story when I went to university to read history, and continued to search for it fruitlessly throughout the next decade.” She should have come to the WCML!! Ruth and Eddie Frow set up the wcml to tell the story of the working class and to ensure that their autobiographies, the histories of trade unions and the ephemera of struggle was collected and cherished in one archive. Missing from the book is also the work of writer and socialist Jim Allen who produced plays and film scripts which documented the lives and struggles of working class people and organisations from their point of view. Instead we have many pages given over to Viv Nicholson, a working class woman who won the football pools in 1961. Selina uses Viv’s life as “magnified and glamorized form, a version of what happened to the working class”. I think there are many other women that Selina could have chosen to show the way in which working class women struggled as mothers, sisters, workers and activists to make a better world for their families and communities to live in. In my blog I have highlighted many of these women in recent years. She does cite one of our local heroines, Hannah Mitchell, suffragist, socialist: unfortunately she cites Hannah’s unhappiness as a servant which is not true, as Hannah says; “”I was not unhappy especially as my mistress made me free of a well-filled bookcase.” Overall the book is well-written, includes many insightful comments about how life has changed for working class people in this country. I do feel, however, that it reflects the life of the writer, Selina, who has lived the life of an academic, a particularly privileged one at Oxford University, and one in which so far as I know she has not been active or involved in any of the major campaigns or movements.To me this is one of the problems with books of this genre, they are nostalgia fests, mainly written I think for a particular audience of middle-class people who maybe feel a bit guilty about their lives. Perhaps I am being too harsh? Make your own mind up, it is an expensive book, so get it from your local library, if you still have one!

Learn about the radical history of Manchester…Michael Herbert, radical historian and author of Up Then Brave Women; Manchester’s Radical Women and other books, is running a history class based in the wonderful and historic Chetham’s Library. This will begin on 1 October and will run for 8 weeks, every Wednesday, 10.30am to 12.30pm. It will includes topics such as the Industrial Revolution, Peterloo, Chartism , the anti-Poor Law Agitation and Marx and Engels in Manchester. The cost of the course will be £40. For more information about the course or to book a place, please contact Michael;

Celebrate the 66 birthday of the NHS….on Saturday 5 July at Golden Hill Park,Urmston, Trafford from 12-4pm. There will be live music, celebrities (!!) and patients and supporters of the NHS speaking about the campaign to stop the privatisation agenda. Further info see Join the campaign at

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Political Women: Betty Tebbs

Betty Tebbs…peace, women’s rights and trade unionism



Betty is like many of the people whom I have come across over the years, people who have spent their lives working for all kinds of campaigns and who have a truly internationalist view and compassion for their fellow humans. She may be 96 years old but her engagement with daily, local and international events make her an fascinating and forthright personality.

Betty was born on 10 April 1918, as the First World War was coming to a bitter end, to working class parents in Bury, Lancashire . It would be another ten years before any of the women in her family were able to vote in elections. But, like most women and men of her generation, Betty was working in a factory at an early age;
At the age of 14 years I experienced first hand the double exploitation of women in industry and it seemed quite right for me to work to change this situation.

It was when Betty got her first week’s wages that she realised the boy working next to her on the same machine was paid more. Betty was not prepared to put up with this and immediately joined the trade union, the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers. After negotiations between the union and the management the women’s wages were increased. Thus began her lifelong commitment to trade union activism.

Betty met her first husband, Ernest, when she was 16 years old. They married when she was 21 years and, although he was in a reserved occupation, he decided that the Second World War was a fight against fascism and he joined up.

Like many people of her generation the Second World War affected her views on war and peace. Ernest was killed in France in 1944 and the army immediately cut her allowances for herself and her daughter, spurring her into political activity:
The injustice of the Government’s treatment to Pat and myself brought a resentment, which soon turned to anger, and I vowed again I would work for peace for the rest of my life.

On her way to work on 6 August 1945 she saw in a newspaper that a nuclear bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima city in Japan, killing 140,000 people. Three days later another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki.
It is as relevant today in the fact that in the nuclear arsenals of the world, there are now tens of thousands of bombs immeasurably more powerful than those which destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In 1946 she left the Labour Party because of the Labour government’s decision to accept Marshall Aid from America which meant they cut their trade links with the Soviet Union and instead bought grain and ships from the USA. With her second husband, Len, she joined the Communist Party and, in 1952, when the British government started a war in Malaya, they became involved in the opposition to the war.
Alongside my husband, Len, I decided I was going to work for peace for the rest of my life.

They led busy lives, working in factories and being active trade unionists, whilst also campaigning against the threat of a world-wide nuclear war. Her life as a mother and housewife meant it was not easy fitting in her political work:
I had to rush home from work, get the children and Len their tea and leave home before 7pm to catch two buses to get to Bolton just in time for the 7.30pm meeting. I would sometimes get home by 10.30pm but other times it would be 11pm.

In 1952 she joined the National Assembly of Women.The inauguration meeting was attended by 1,400 women from all walks of life and they included in their declaration that peace was the central issue around which they would fight for better healthcare, housing, education, childcare and for the social and economic equality of women.

In the 1950s she moved with Len and their two children to Warrington where Len was now a lecturer in a technical college. They also left the Communist Party and rejoined the Labour Party, although they still worked together with Communists on various issues.

In Warrington they organised a campaign and petition against council house rent increases, and canvassed council estates with other communists and left wing supporters. They held a demonstration on the night of the council meeting and succeeded in halving the rent increases. Betty recalls:
Warrington was a right wing controlled council. it lacked any socialist content. It was a great shock to them when they came to the council meeting to find hundreds of people gathered in the grounds, the town hall full of protestors and the council chamber overflowing with people sitting on windowsills.

Over the years Betty worked on women’s issues, not just in her trade union but also in the community to gain a better life for all women. When she was 60 she helped set up the first battered women’s refuge in a town where the head of the Council Housing Committee had claimed, “We don’t have battered women in Warrington”.

In the mid-1970’s, supported by Len, Betty went on a trade union organiser’s course at Middlesex Polytechnic . So I went there for 12 months and it were smashing!

Betty supported the Grunwick strike in London of mainly Asian women workers which became a key event in 1977 as many progressive people (including Arthur Scargill) and left groups saw the significance of supporting some of the most vulnerable trade union members and turned up in tens of thousands to support the strikers.

Betty’s husband Len, had played a major role in her life, both personal and political, but sadly died aged 61, just as they were about to retire. She dedicated her biography to him:
To my husband, Len, who taught me at a time of despondancy, how to work for a system where wars were not necesssary. That system is socialism.

By the 1980s she was chair of the National Association of Women and travelled to many countries, including Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the USSR, Italy and Austria, for international women’s conferences.

This broadened my political knowledge tremendously, learning about the struggles of women internationally and how they were protesting gave me confidence to speak about and publicise events I had previously not known about.

In the 1980s when cruise missiles were stationed at Greenham Common Betty and her sisters in NAW gave support on the many demonstrations as well as joining in the camp. They took the campaign to the streets of Rawtenstall and showed how ordinary people supported the protestors:
The NAW group in Rawtenstall decided to have a street collection for sleeping bags for the women at Greenham and we collected enough money to buy four arctic sleeping bags.

It was the women at Greenham who contacted Betty to tell her that American bombers had set off from Britain to bomb Libya after a bomb brought down a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, killing 243 passengers and 16 crew. At the invitation of the Libyan peace movement she led the British contingent of 150 peace activists on an international delegation to Libya.

In 1988 Betty stood down as chair of NAW after being chairperson for 12 years. Her 70th birthday was celebrated by her family and friends and, in keeping with her socialist and feminist ideals, she requested that instead of giving her presents they make donations towards helping equip a clinic in Palestine for women.

At the party she was honoured by her trade union, SOGAT, with the union’s gold badge for trade union activity. Over the years she had worked in many factories and workplaces concentrating her efforts in organising, mainly women, into unions as well as being active in her trade union to campaign for equal pay for women workers. This was not always a popular subject, even with trade unions!

Over the years Betty has remained active on many issues including in 1997 when she took part in a picket of the BBC because they broadcasted an election speech from the BNP.

Aged 89 she was arrested for blocking an access road at the Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland by locking herself to fellow protestors using thumb cuffs. She is incensed by the refurbishing of Trident:

Betty at Faslane

Betty at Faslane

It is wrong to spend millions on it whilst children go hungry in this country.

In her 96th year Betty is concerned about the lives of young people in this country, as well the growing tensions in the Middle East and across Europe. Her peace work has been a continual thread throughout her life and she says:
The struggle for peace is as vital now as ever if we are to secure any quality of life for young people or future generations.

Betty is not disheartened by the constant onslaught of the Government in its austerity agenda:
I must say the only answer to the question “what now” is to carry on as we have done and keep up the struggle, the bottom line being, “its up to us”.

To read Betty’s unpublished biography, A Time to Remember, contact the WCML at

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch... the Northern premiere of GMO OMG…presented by Manchester Film Co-op, in association with GM Free GM and Ethical Consumer, a film by Jeremy Seifert, taking place as part of the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival.

GMO OMG director Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate?

See it on Tuesday 24th June 2014 at 8pm prompt.
Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.
Venue: Levenshulme Inspire Cafe, 747 Stockport Rd, Manchester, M19 3AR

Listen to (and read)…Torches in the Night.MA Fine Art student Stephanie Fletcher, who is from Preston, has created three stories based around one day. Using her interest in anarchist philosophy she chose political activists in Ukraine in the 1900s, Spain in 1936 and France in 2008. The stories were broadcast on local community radio Preston FM and read by local poets over the period of the day; morning, lunch and evening in August 2013. Listen to them on this website or read the stories. Fascinating stuff and is what I call real creative activism see

Go to a talk...with rather a boring title; Industry and Photography, but it shouldn’t be because Granville Williams, editor of Settling Scores, is speaking about photography and the miners strike while the other speaker is photographer Karen Rangeley. She will be talking about her project based in a textile factory and the relationship between the employees and the place where they work and socialise. It includes photos taken by the workers which reflect on the relationships created in the workplace. See what you think at also

Its on 24 June 2014, 18:30 – 21:00

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine
House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY, United

Do you love concrete?..if so identify yourself by buying a brutalist badge from the Manchester Modernist Society! They also have an interesting series of events over the next few months exploring the idea of the home through 20th Century architecture. They say; Phil Griffin, writer, broadcaster and architectural raconteur will take us through the front gates, back alleys and deck access of Manchester housing during the 20thcentury. Further details see

Look at ...Big Journeys Untold Stories… a new website telling the stories of young people who arrived here alone from war zones such as Afghanistan; who settle here, but then whose future is frightening and uncertain. Filmmaker and writer Sue Clayton has been working with these young people for the last 12 years and on this website she tells their stories in stills, film and prose and most importantly tells you how you can get involved. See and for more about Sue see Support your local Destitutution Project in Oldham see

Go to a play…what do we really know about our parents? Dear Daughter is based on a memoir written by Flora Jewsbury at the age of 89. She wrote it for her daughter Edith Lundy but only to be read after she died. Set in North Manchester before and during the First World War, it is the story of a young girl, placed with a childless couple, who ends up becoming their servant. Edith says about her mother’s life; Having read it then and on two other occasions, I realized what a pillar to post life mother had experienced – no real family, moved from one home to another which involved changing schools and teachers, all linking with a hard life. It seemed to be a story that should be told. It is on at the Kings Arms in Salford see

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch..Who Pays the Ferryman (DVD) It was made in 1977, and much of it was filmed in Crete. This is 1970s BBC TV drama at its best. Alan Haldane (Jack Hedley) returns to Greece and the village where he fought alongside the Greek resistance against the Nazis. But the woman he loved has died and he finds out that she had his child many years before. Haldane decides to stay and live near his daughter but he keeps this a secret from her and his lover’s sister with whom he starts an affair. What makes this an enthralling drama is the relationship between Haldane and Annika (Betty Arvaniti), a very positive role model for a woman even today, and the way in which the storyline makes you want to keep watching. Crete in 1977 was very different from today and it is fascinating to see the scenes of life in the village and the locals who acted as extras. Highly recommended.

Remembering… the reality of the First World War.Sadly there have been no decent anti-war events in the north west yet. Instead we are deluged with propaganda about how the population of the country supported the war. That are some really good events in London, so if you are down there have a look at this blog see . Hopefully the Mary Quaile Club will organise an event for the Autumn.

Read... Sweetly Sings Delaney by John Harding. Everyone knows her name and that she wrote A Taste of Honey at age 19 but little is known about her life and her career. This is a superbly written and well researched biography of Shelagh and the ten years of her life from 1958-1968. In 2014 we have forgotten how rare women writers were at this time and the discrimination they faced when trying to get their work on stage or TV. Shelagh wrote about Salford and much, much more and this book shows how original and innovative she was. Some things do not change ie the attitude of Salford Council to progressive people: the reaction of them to her work could be mirrored today when we see what Salford funds in terms of the arts. Buy it from Read my article about modern day Shelaghs at

Go and see..Angel Meadow by Irish theatre company ANU which is the first production of HOME, a combination of the old Library Theatre and Cornerhouse. Set in Angel Meadow, behind Great Ancoats Street, there is a tenuous link to the original Angel Meadow and the show resembles a Dublin take on Gangs of New York. So it’s full of stereotypes of the Irish, violent, tribal and bordering on the insane. The action takes place in the delapidated pub, the Edinburgh Castle, and we are taken through a series of rooms and brutal scenes of the lives of the inhabitants of Angel Meadow. What is fascinating about the production is the energy and acting skills of the performers. It is more of a physical theatre performance as there is little in terms of story or narrative running through the 70 minute performance. Don’t wear any decent clothes, leave your stilettos at home and bring your aggressive attitude as you become part of the show…

And at the other end of theatre life and budgets in Manchester….visit 3 Minute Theatre and see another exciting show Living With Mr Happy or A True Story of Life, Love and Trainspotting. See it 16-21 June further info at

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Sapphire (DVD,1959) At the beginning of the film a young woman is found murdered on Hampstead Heath. She is a music student and has a boyfriend who is training to be an architect. But it is not as simple as that; the woman, Sapphire, is of mixed race and in the search for her murder we go on a journey through the lives and experiences of black people in London in the 50s. Few films, even nowadays, show how racist some people can be, but in this film we hear and see the bigoted attitude to black people from the police investigating the murder, to the landladies of the places where she lived, and the family she was going to join. Interestingly the worst racism comes from the middle classes, because Sapphire hid her ethnicity, so when she did come out as mixed race, they were the most vicious. The film shows the reasons why she would choose to play “white” as the police go searching her killer in Notting Hill. We see the wretched housing conditions of the black community and the racist attacks they face on the street. Johnny Dankworth wrote and performed the music in the film and it gives it a really cool edge. Highly recommended. See clip

Find out about..the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership(TTIP) a trade agreement that locks this country into a nightmare of control by big business. At this meeting BBC film-maker and investigative journalist David Malone will outline in fascinating detail why these little discussed agreements could be so hugely important to the corporate take-over of everything. At the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, M2 5NS, at 7 pm, on Thursday 12 June. Organised by the Manchester Green Party. Further info see

Protest… at the cuts to the legal aid service…Save justice!… Save legal aid! Magna Carta Day protest in Manchester 16 June at 1pm. Meet outside the Magistrate’s Court (off Deansgate, behind John Rylands Library)
Activists from Access To Advice and Justice Alliance North will be outside the Magistrate’s Court with leaflets and Justice Alliance petitions. Further info see

Go to a meetingNo Fracking! No Nuclear! Demand a Cleaner
Greener Future
.Thursday 19th June at 7.30pm, St Michael’s Church, Liverpool Road, Eccles. speakers: Dr Ian Fairlie, Kate Hudson (CND) and a member of the anti fracking campaign group (Part of the Barton Moss anti-fracking organising/meeting hub). The meeting has been organised by GM&D CND, Northern Gas Gala, SERA and Glossop Peace Group.

Listen to…Victorian ballad singer Jennifer Reid at Clayton Hall in Clayton Hall Park on Saturday 21 June. On this open day they celebrate all things Victorian. Located in one of the poor areas of Manchester, the Hall has been taken over by volunteers who have refurbished the hall and park and regularly invite in local people and children to share their memories .Further info see

Visit…Gallery Oldham..and their exhibition of Modern Sculpture. Included in the exhibition are works by Elisabeth Frink, Jacob Epstein and Arthur Dooley as well as newer work in ceramic, leaf and knitted fabric. GO is one of the most interesting galleries in the northwest: it is easy to get to on the tram, has a lovely cafe and wonderful views across the Pennines. In these dark days of public sector cuts it needs our support. Further info see

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