Saturday 2nd May 2015
This was our 8th annual gathering to remember the Chartists who met on Blackstone Edge in the middle of the nineteenth century. It rained and it blew. A bracing, atmospheric experience. A mere 4 of us walked up from Todmorden, but we were joined by more than 30 others when we reached the White House. Almost everyone sang, courtesy of East Lancs Clarion Choir’s songsheets. Paul Salveson, from the Hannah Mitchell Foundation, spoke briefly, inviting us to consider what points would be included in a Charter written today.
This year we met on the early May Bank Holiday Saturday, rather than the Sunday, to avoid clashing with the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race. Hence we repaired afterwards to the slightly-further-away Moorcock, as the White House was closed in the afternoon.
Thanks to Janet Russell for leading the singing, Paul Salveson for his address, and Alan McDonald for leading the walk from Todmorden.