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Lewisham commemorates 40 years since the Battle of Lewisham

Lewisham Labour Councillors unite with local residents to mark the 40 year anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham

This Sunday the Lewisham community came together with Labour Councillors and members to mark 40 years since the Battle of Lewisham. The Battle of Lewisham took place on 13th August, 1977 when the National Front attempted to march through Lewisham. 

Their effort to divide and intimidate the local community was thwarted by local people who came together to block their path in Deptford. 8,000 people from the local community, from trade unions, faith groups and many other organisations came together and united against racism and fascism. 

Many people who were there in the day joined to mark the anniversary. Cllr Joan Millbank, Cabinet Member for the Third Sector and Community unveiled a Lewisham Maroon Plaque to mark the event. 

Cllr Joan Millbank, Cabinet Member for the Third Sector and Community said;

"To mark the 40th anniversary we have funded a Maroon plaque to commemorate Lewisham's response to the racism of the National Front. I am proud that Lewisham continues to celebrate diversity and promote equality."

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