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Mark the events of Peterloo

Mark the events of Peterloo

picnic  at Tandle Hill Country Park, Royton on Sunday 18th August to mark 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre (when cavalrymen charged into a crowd of 60,000 people, killing 18 and injuring hundreds), as well as the 100th year since this park was given to the community.

There  will be lots of family-friendly activities, including crafts and games with Oldham Play Action Group, and poetry with Dr Robert Poole. Doctor Poole is Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire, author of “Peterloo: the English Uprising” and co-author of a graphic novel on the subject, “Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre”. Another author, Graham Phythian, will sign copies of his book “Peterloo: Voices, Sabres and Silence”. For every book sold a donation will be made to a local charity.

Meanwhile Royton Historical Society will run a trail and quiz on the subject.

The event is supported by the Royton Townswomen’s Guild, Music for Young People and Oldham Amateur Radio.

If you are a member of a community group that would like to get involved in this event,  email

For more information on events in Oldham to mark Peterloo, visit For Manchester-wide events that commemorate the protest, visit

Article written by Ken Bennett


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