May has been a busy month. We started with a performance to open the Birmingham Trades Council May Day event at Transport House on May 4th. A more structured event than the last few years, but with the sad absence of the longtime activist and stalwart campaigner, Godfrey Webster, who passed away April 2015.
Just a few days later, we woke up to the horrible truth that the Tories had a majority in the General Election, and looked forward bleakly to five more years of austerity and cuts.
We were soon back up to speed and campaigning loudly and in solidarity with the rest of the left. On May 23rd we were honoured to perform at the LGBT Centre as part of a Birmingham Pride) event celebrating the support given by the movement to striking miners – original LGSM members took part in the event, which was accompanied by a showing of the film “Pride”.
We sang “The Jolly Pitman aka Down in the Coal Mine”, “Close The Coal-house Door” and “Stand Out Ye Miners”.
The following Saturday, May 30th, we sang in Birmingham city centre, as part of an event building for the June 20th People’s Assembly ‘End Austerity Now!’ demo in London.
Our next event will be the Rally for the Libraries of Birmingham on June 13th. More on this (and our archive currently lodged with the Library) coming soon.