Monday, January 10, 2011

New Cross Fire Victims - Lest we forget...

Lest we forget...

Andrew Gooding (18.02.1962 - 18.01.1981)

Owen Thompson (11.09.1964 - 18.01.1981)

Patricia Johnson(16.05.1965 - 18.01.1981)

Patrick Cummings(21.09.1964 - 18.01.1981)

Steve Collins (2.05.1963 - 18.01.1981)

Lloyd Hall (28.11.1960 - 18.01.1981)

Humphrey Geoffrey Brown (4.07.1962 - 18.01.1981)

Roseline Henry (23.09.1964 - 18.01.1981)

Peter Campbell (23.02.1962 - 18.01.1981)

Gerry Paul Francis (21.08.1963 - 18.01.1981)

Glenton Powell (18.01.1966 - 25.01.1981)

Paul Ruddock (19.11.1960 - 09.02.1981)

Yvonne Ruddock (17.01.1965 - 24.01.1981)

Anthony Berbeck (17.08.1962 - 09.07.1983)
Thirty years ago on Sunday 18 January 1981 14 black teenagers tragically lost their lives in a house fire in New Cross, South East London. The police's refusal to investigate the likelihood of it being a crime of arson as well as dismissing a racial motive led to one of the biggest protests of black people this country had ever seen. Parallels can be drawn with that of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence in that, to date, nobody has been convicted of these heinous crimes.

This Friday 16 January an evening of remembrance will be held at The Albany Deptford Way. There will be music, film, spoken word and discussion and it is hosted by actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah.

One of the short films, Blood ah Go Run (1982), documents what happened in the aftermath of the fire. The event is planned as an evening of upliftment that commemorates the lives of those 14 children tragically taken away. Contributors also include Alex Pascall, Professor Gus John, Menelik Shabazz, spoken word from Courttia Newland, El Crisis and Albany Associate Artist Zena Edwards and music from The Queens of Lovers Rock Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay.

Friday 14 January 2011, 7.30 - 11pm at The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG



The Nubian Jak Community Trust in partnership with Lewisham Council is to install a Blue Plaque at the address where the tragedy took place.

The ceremony will take place at 439 New Cross Road, Lewisham, London, SE14 6TA, on Tuesday 18th January, 2011 at 2:00pm.

In 2006 a new student bursary scheme was created, in memory of the New Cross Fire Victims. The scheme awards annual grants to two current or former students of schools and colleges in Lewisham, wishing to study at Goldsmiths University of London. The scheme, which was initiated by Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, has the backing of all the families who lost loved ones in the New Cross Fire. It is a positive lasting legacy which will continue to help future Lewisham students. After the plaque unveiling on Tuesday, there will be a ceremony at Goldsmith College to celebrate the recipients of the 2011 Bursary awards.

NB - Anthony Berbeck died two years later of injuries sustained.

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