THE unveiling of a blue plaque to remember the life of political reformer John Knight will be one of the highlights of Mossley’s month-long commemorations of the Peterloo massacre.
August 16, 2019 marks 200 years since 15 people died and up to 700 injured at the rally in St Peter’s Field, Manchester.
The plaque celebrations will be the culmination of an eight-month campaign to recognise radical reformer Knight, born at Quickwood and who is buried in St George’s Church cemetery.
And the Top Mossley church plays a significant role in a ‘Mossley Remembers Peterloo” exhibition featuring books, photographs, banners, quiz, songs including a world premiere of a song and music dedicated to Knight.
The exhibition is open at St George’s Church every Saturday, 10am to 4pm and every Sunday from 12pm-4pm throughout August.
The six featured main themes are Mossley’s connection with Peterloo, women of Peterloo, local people connected with Peterloo, the victims, commemorative ware, memorabilia, and crowd scenes, general Peterloo information.
A commemorative brochure, printed in full colour, will be on sale in the church.
Additionally, there will be a display of banners and pendants each one handmade locally. These will be on display from August 17-31.
The red and the blue banners shown here have been made by members of the Fairfield Moravian Centre in Droylsden.
The exhibition has something for all ages and youngsters are invited to create a Peterloo flag.
Each Sunday in August at 2pm there will be a guided tour of St George’s graveyards telling the stories of those buried with a Peterloo connection, including Knight.
A wreath created by pupils at Mossley Hollins School is to be placed on to Knight’s burial plot.
Each Saturday in August at 2pm inside the church there will be a half-hour musical entertainment session, featuring songs, ballads, and music, by local and well-known performers, who will be performing live.
On August 17, Mossley music and choral groups will salute the work of Knight, with a short concert.
Mossley Ukulele Group will play a short set before the combined groups will play/sing The Ballad of John Knight, newly composed by Pat Baker of Mossley.
Mark Dowding, whose credits include an appearance on a John Peel album, will perform some Peterloo themed songs and songs from the Peterloo era on August 24.
Oldham Tinkers’ John Howarth, who composed the modern song, Peterloo, will then appear on August 31.
A display of Peterloo themed work by Mossley Writers’ Group will be on display inside George Lawton Hall from Friday, August 2 until Friday, August 16.
The hall will also host the Tameside Remembers Peterloo Exhibition from Friday, August 16 until the end of August.
From September, the exhibition will transfer to Mossley Heritage Centre at Emmaus Mossley.