Glasgow International Brigade Commemoration 2017 was held on 9th of September. Around 75 people attended the now annual Commemoration at Glasgow’s ‘La Passionaria’ statue with key speakers including Mike Arnott of the International Brigade Memorial Trust and International speaker; Conny Renkl representing Germany’s oldest anti-fascist organisation; the VVN-BDA. Neil Anderson from Glasgow Trades Union Council read a poem ‘The Battalion Goes Forward’ written by International Brigader, Eric Ebney and award winning Scottish Gaelic singer, Maeve MacKinnon performed a song written by her about the International Brigade. Wreath laying and a minutes silence ending with the International sung by MC Simon Steel. Our thanks goes to event supporters; International Brigade Memorial Trust, The Peoples Assembly Scotland, Glasgow TUC and Trade Union’s, UNITE Scotland, UNISON Scotland and UNISON Glasgow City Branch. We would also like to thank the Morning Star Scottish Readers & Supporters Group for supporting the event and filming the commemoration which can be viewed below or at: http://www.morningstarscotland.org/
After the Commemoration a social was held at UNISON City Branch office, where the audience were treated to live music and poetry from folk singing legend Arthur Johnstone, members of Glasgow’s folk-rock band The Wakes, up and coming folk singer Calum Baird, folk-punk guitarist Stephen Wright and poetry from Neil Anderson. Big thanks to all involved who made the day a great success and look forward to seeing you again in 2018.