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Persistent Vision: Pride (2014)

Fri, Aug. 4, 2023 7:00pm

Location: The Grit: Lowestoft Centre for the Arts & Heritage

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The story of miners in the Dulais valley in South Wales during the 1984-5 strike – the longest in British history – and a gay and lesbian group from London that donated more money (£11,000 by December 1984) to their cause than any other fundraiser in the UK, along with a minibus emblazoned with the logo LGSM: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

In a decade when a degree of homophobia was the norm, LGSM drove a couple of minibuses from Hackney Community Transport and a clapped-out VW camper van to a bleak mining town in South Wales to present their donations, uncertain what sort of welcome to expect. The events that unfolded said a lot about what it means to be empathetic, to overcome dissent and face common enemies: Thatcher, the tabloids, the police. They told a story about solidarity.

This event has been organised in association with True Colours of Lowestoft to coincide with the Lowestoft Pride Event on Saturday 5th August organised by Lowestoft Town Council .

Full details and tickets are available at Persistent Vision : Pride (2014) – The Grit: Lowestoft Centre for the Arts & Heritage