Tue 23 Apr, 4pm to 7pm – Southall Town Hall, 1 High St, UB1 3HA
4pm: Screening of Southall on Trial, a special showing of the only film made and produced by community activists about these momentous events in 1979. Produced by the Southall Campaign Committee (with editorial control) in Autumn of that year for the BBC’s Open Door series. Although the Metropolitan Police tried to stop it being shown, the documentary was aired on BBC2 in 1979. Film lasts 29 mins.
Premier of Southall Rising. Produced by Vivek Chaudhury and Dhillon Shukla, this short film is made in collaboration with members of the community and young people in Southall. It tells through word and sound the story of 1979, the history of our community and its journey to now. Film lasts 9 mins.
5pm: Plaque ceremony. Southall Resists have commissioned 3 plaques and these will be unveiled at Southall Town Hall. The plaques are dedicated to Blair Peach, Gurdip Singh Chaggar and People’s Unite musicians cooperative. There will be short statements: from Celia Stubbs (Blair Peach’s partner); Karamjit Chaggar (brother of Gurdip Singh Chaggar); Clarence Baker (ex-manager of Misty in Roots and founder of People Unite); Gareth Pierce (human rights lawyer who defended some of the people arrested in 1979); and Councillor Julian Bell (Leader of Ealing Council).
5.45pm: Vigil and flowers at the corner of Beachcroft Ave and Orchard Ave, where Blair Peach was fatally attacked. Immediately after the plaque ceremony we will walk towards the Broadway and the site of the attack where Southall Resists 40 has organised a vigil. We will lay white and red roses at the spot – the symbol of Southall Resists 40. There will be short statements here from Amanda Leon and Jo Lang, both of whom were friends of Blair Peach and were with him on that fateful day.