Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Workers of the World Relax

The May Day picnic in Kennington Park was fun yesterday, with about 50 people hanging out in the sunshine. The maypole, featuring an imitation surveillance camera on top, was taken in a procession from Camberwell Squat Centre with a banner reading 'Workers of the World Relax'. Another said 'Kennington Park - A common place for all', referring to the park's pre-enclosure history as a common, where the Chartists gathered in 1848. A leaflet given out stated 'Today the Park is still being enclosed, this time socially, as groups of people who use the place collectively to hang out and have fun - playing volleyball or football - are being forced out'.

Later down at Brockley Social Club, the Strawberry Thieves Socialist Choir hosted an evening of songs including 'Bandeira Rossa' and 'Power in the Union'. I gave a short talk on the history of May Day in South London.

Judging by Baggage Reclaim's fine photos, the Jack in the Green procession from the Borough also went well yesterday.

Meanwhile next Monday at the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park there's a 'May Day Festival and Procession' featuring a mass procession around the Park, and ending with the ritual burning of a giant Jack in the Green sculpture. Worksops include Maypole and Morris dancing, better banner making with Richard DeDomenici, Speakers Corner and Apathy Workshop with Bob & Roberta Smith.

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