YCL North-West Remember the International Brigades

YCL wreath dedicated to the International Brigades
YCL wreath dedicated to the International Brigades

Sunday 09/02/2013 saw  YCL North-West  members  attending, along with members of the Communist Party,  the International Brigade Memorial Trust’s (IBMT) re-dedication of the plaque in Manchester Town Hall commemorating those who volunteered to fight Franco’s Fascism in Spain.

Only a day after its reformation in the North-West, the YCL placed a wreath alongside that of the IBMT.

The ceremony heard readings of first hand accounts of the experiences of brigadiers and was accompanied by the inspirational music of Bolton’s Socialist Choir who sang, among others, the Internationale.

The wreath alongside the memorial plaque
The wreath alongside the memorial plaque

The International Brigade Memorial Trust works to keep alive the memory and spirit of the men and women from Britain, Ireland and elsewhere who volunteered to defend democracy and fight fascism in Spain from 1936 to 1939.

Those in the North-West area should attend the upcoming IBMT Conference on the 1st of March – Taking Sides: Artists and Writers in the Spanish Civil War.

Those interested in getting involved with the YCL in the North-West can contact ycl@northwestcommunists.org.uk for more information.

Owain Holland
Secretary, YCL North-West District