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Manchester – no stranger to carnage


Back in the early 19th century Manchester was the site of The Peterloo Massacre, when yeomanry soldiers – amounted militia – rode down a protest and killed some 20 people.

This event inspired Shelley’s poem -Masque of Anarchy, especially do not be cowed, stand tall and we are many and they are few :-

“Men of England, heirs of Glory,
Heroes of unwritten story,
Nurslings of one mighty Mother,
Hopes of her, and one another!
What is Freedom? Ye can tell
That which Slavery is too well,
For its very name has grown
To an echo of your own
Let a vast assembly be,
And with great solemnity
Declare with measured words, that ye
Are, as God has made ye, free.
The old laws of England—they
Whose reverend heads with age are grey,
Children of a wiser day;
And whose solemn voice must be
Thine own echo—Liberty!
Rise, like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you:
Ye are many—they are few!”[7]

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