300 people gathered on
Orations for supporters of the IBMT who died during the year were read by Dolores Long and Marlene Sidaway. Mentioned John Comley; Helvecia
Dolores Long, Chair of IBMT, described the life of Philip Tammer who had fought on the
Wreaths were laid at the foot of the International Brigades monument to applause, '
This year's theme was the struggle for recognition and human rights during the Franco regime for those who supported The Republic and democracy - a struggle which continues today.
Jim Jump, Secretary of the IBMT, quoted the last commander of the British Battalion, Sam Wild, when he explained that when the volunteers came home in 1938, the war was not lost - just that the front had been moved. The International Brigades Association (
Miguel Gómez of the AABI - the Spanish Association of Friends of the International Brigades - described how they had recently upheld the right to fly the Republican flag during demonstrations in June when the new King succeeded to the Spanish throne. He then read a poem describing being in gaol for 22 years by Marcos Ana, 'La Vida' ('Life') in the original Spanish which Marlene Sidaway then read in an English translation.
Professor Helen Graham, introduced Emilio Silva, President of ARMH -
Music was provided by Na-Mara - Rob Garcia and Paul McNamara - who sang 'Jamie Foyers" and their own composition about the Brigaders in battle entitled 'The Bite'. www.na-mara.com
Maddy Carty sang her own composition about the Brigaders, 'Numberless We Rise" and her recent 'state of the nation' track about conditions in
The event concluded with everyone singing the 'The Internationale' led by Na-Mara: " So comrades, come rally, And the last fight let us face. 'The Internationale', Unites the human race."
The IBMT - the International Brigades Memorial Trust - keeps alive the memory of those who went to