Toby Perkins MP to address May Day Gala

Suzie and Toby Perkins on the 2011 May Day March

Suzie and Toby Perkins on the 2011 May Day March

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is booked as one of the guest speakers for the town’s 35th annual May Day Gala, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th.

As usual, people will assemble at 10.30am outside the Town Hall. At 11am the march will proceed, banners aloft, towards the Town Centre with the Ireland Colliery Band will leading and the Nottingham Samba Band adding to the carnival atmosphere.

Due to the imminent refurbishment of the Market Hall, the march will culminate in Rykneld Square, where the May Day crowds will be addressed by Labour MP Toby Perkins, PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka, and Cheryl Pidgeon representing the construction workers Union UCATT. Bringing news of the situation facing Greek workers will be Kostas Katarahais, General Secretary of the Greek Health Workers Union who is based in an Athens Greek Cancer Hospital.

Community stalls will be erected around Rykneld Square and on the green space in front of the Crooked Spire along with a bouncy castle for the children. The rest of the stalls and exhibitions will be in the Winding Wheel. They will be joined in the auditorium by the Nottingham Clarion Choir, the Brampton Community Band, Ichabod, the Boomerang Generation and Kworyl.  There will also be an exhibition of anti-war art by Chris Holden and a slideshow depicting peace activism in Chesterfield since the Second World War.  At the Crooked Spire Church itself, there will be an exhibition of peace paintings by the children of Bethlehem Peace School of Palestine running throughout the weekend.

In North East Derbyshire District Council Chamber at 1.30pm, a meeting will take place entitled ‘Overcoming the North-South divide’.  If that’s not your thing then there is break dancing on Vicar Lane throughout the day with flying acrobatics, fancy footwork and death defying dance.

Toby Perkins MP said: ‘Chesterfield & District Trades Union Council has been organising this fantastic event for 35 years and, the need for a strong voice for the Labour movement is as pressing today as ever.’

Mr Perkins added: “People can see a government that are on the side of the privileged few, who don’t care about the impact of their policies on those who are unemployed or on low incomes.

”That’s why I’m campaigning for a reduction in VAT to put money back in people’s pockets and to get Britain building again with low VAT for construction projects and a repeat of the bank bonus tax to fund the building of  25,000 affordable homes and guarantee a job for 100,000 young people.”


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