The commemorative events for the 40th anniversary are now over. Related events are still planned by Southall people under a different banner than SR40. Please also browse our past events.
An evening of culture and resistance
Fri 20 Sep, 6.30pm – 10.30pm – Tudor Rose Club, 68 The Green, UB2 4BG – tickets £5 or £10
Poetry, music, speakers, films and showcasing work produced by local school students. Please note that this date will be confirmed as soon as possible.
State racism & the far right
Date TBC – Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, UB2 4BQ – free
To commemorate the seismic events of 1976 and the death of Gurdip Singh Chaggar, The Monitoring Group has organised a public forum linking the lessons of the struggles in the past with challenges posed today.
Southall Resists 40 exhibition
Date TBC – Gunnersbury Museum – free
An exhibition of photos, objects and artworks.
Sat 1 Jun, 11am to 1pm – Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, UB2 4BQ – free
A walk through Southall looking at the story of ordinary people who lived and settled here. A focus on the events of 1976 and 1979 when Gurdip Singh Chaggar and Blair Peach were killed.
Sun 28 Apr, 1pm to 5.30pm – Birkbeck, University of London – free
Symposium on Southall. In 1981 the skinheads returned to Southall, this time for a musical gig held at the Hambrough Tavern. Through the sheer strength of numbers and collective action, the local youth overwhelmed the fascists who had to be rescued by the police and led away. The roar of collective anger against decades of discrimination and racism was such that, at least in Southall, the National Front and like organisations never again showed their face. A related event not organised by SR40.
Sat 27 Apr, 2pm – Dominion Rd, UB2 5DP
Assemble at 2pm for a procession, followed by a rally outside Southall Town Hall at 4pm. Southall remembers – Southall united.
Tue 23 Apr, 4pm to 7pm – Southall Town Hall, 1 High St, UB1 3HA
On the anniversary of Blair Peach’s murder, screening of Southall on Trial, vigil at the spot he was fatally attacked and event at the town hall.
Sun 14 Apr, 2pm to 4pm – Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, UB2 4BQ – free
A walk through Southall looking at the story of ordinary people who lived and settled here. A focus on the events of 1976 and 1979 when Gurdip Singh Chaggar and Blair Peach were killed and the community organised in self defence. Places are limited, so please only book when you’re definite.
Wed 10 Apr, 7pm to 9.30pm – Dominion Centre, Southall – free
Public meeting sponsored by Ealing Labour Party with: Suresh Grover; David Rosenberg, author of
Battle for the East End, and Rebel footprints; and Councillor Jaskiran Chohan. A related event not organised by SR40.
The political legacies of Gurdip Singh Chaggar & Blair Peach: building unity against racism, a public forum
Tue 2 Apr, 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Committee Room 10, House of Commons SW1 0AA
This meeting will discuss the political and legal legacy of the struggles and campaigns waged in the name of Chaggar and Peach – the heartaches as well as victories – and the lessons for today.
Thu 28 Mar, 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Liverpool John Moore University, G01 – free
Speakers: Paul Gilroy, Suresh Grover and Deborah Coles. This Critical Research Seminar will focus on the events at Southall and the emergence of INQUEST. It will consider the lessons learned since then in terms of resisting racism and the strategies needed to make state institutions democratically accountable in a society which is, once again, in the grip of a deep and divisive economic and political crisis. A related event not organised by SR40.
Sat 23 Mar, 11am – Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, UB2 4BQ – £5
Organised by Oliver New, a formidable local veteran trade unionist and anti-racist, the walk covers pivotal landmarks – both early and modern social and political history – of the town, explaining how a working-class area forged a united community against racism and the struggles associated it. It visits the sites where Chaggar and Peach were killed.
The memorial walk recounts that important history and explains the context that prepared different sections of Southall’s population for that challenge. It tries to make sense of important cultural landmarks and uses images, space, film and guest speakers to capture the past in order to understand the present.
The event will last 3 hours and includes lunch.
Organised by Southall Community Action Group, the events include working with students from five local schools using arts and journalistic tools. Some of the final work will be showcased at public events organised by Southall Resists 40.
Download the April events flyer
(please note the listed 12th Apr evening event will now be on 17th May, date TBC)