Freedom of Nottingham awarded to HMS Sherwood

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Individual, higher res. photos available.

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International Brigade celebrated in Old Market Square in 1939

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The Lord Mayor of Nottingham meeting and greeting the International Brigade on Wednesday, 1st February, 1939.
79 years ago.
Amazing photo – determined faces, big coats – and a beret.
The famous “Quince Brigade“.  Viva!
Note, Barcelona had just fallen in the Spanish Civil War and the U.K. was to recognise the Franco regime 26 days later.
IMG_2839 cj4318h Nottm Guardian 19390203 p01 International brigade and pictureThe event pictured was part of the food campaign tour and the photograph was published in the Nottingham Guardian, on Friday, 3rd February.
Click on or download the graphic to read the article.
(Thanks to Stuart Walsh who has taken the trouble to write – “This was part of the International Brigade Convoy, which went all over UK in January-February 1939 raising money for a foodship to Spain …”.)

Photo courtesy of Jackie Clark, descendant of the then Mayor, Ald. J. Baldwin, and copyright holder.  The Nottingham Guardian presented the retiring Mayor a photo album with 39 splendid photos (crude photos of each page available here).


I had wrongly thought it might be a welcome home for those who served –  26 volunteers went from Notts to serve.  If they were 35th Division, it’s likely that they’d fought at the Battle of Ebro, staving off superior nationalist forces, which included the Nazi Condor Legion..

Nottingham Panthers’ European Trophy win celebrated by city

A civic reception for winning the Continental Cup and fans were still waiting outside to have their shirts signed.  16463746_10154324701161305_6857016764540500646_o
Before the reception, the team was introduced to a crowd of 500 or so supporters.
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Councillor Graham Chapman explained that the council built the Ice Arena cos –
1. they wanted a good place for young people and skaters to enjoy the sports;
2. they wanted a proper arena for bigger events;
3. they wanted to give the Panthers the chance to grow. 

Nottingham against Trump’s anti-Muslim policies

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… and UK complicity.
700 and more protesters meeting after only 24 hours notice.
16 Nottingham Labour City Councillors attended.
Photos available via Facebook.

“Solidarity to all of you here tonight and all of those protesting around the world, who are standing against this abuse of the office of the executive by Donald Trump. 
“The world stands in a perilous place.
“Disunity, fear and misunderstanding runs rampant, but by being here I think each and everyone of you is taking a stand to say not only is this not the world we believe in, but we can all be better, we can by taking these first steps transform the world into a better place for all of us.
“I’m not surprised to see this attitude and belief in liberty, equality and a better world being reflected here in Nottingham. A city of refuge, of diversity, of people working together to make their communities a better place.
“If Theresa May doesn’t do the right thing and postpone a state visit of this president I hope they will bring him to places like Nottingham, like Leicester, like Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool so he can see what happens when communities, cultures and people come together and refuse to be ruled by hatred and fear.
“Nottingham, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and tonight this city has taken that step to resist this new brand of hatred and fear.”
– Nathan Oswin, Bridge ward resident, one of the speakers.