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Sunday, 19 January 2014
Luton 1919 - Lest we forget.
As the festivities to mark the beginning of the most dreadful slaughter the world had so far seen get underway we would do well to remember how ex-servicemen in 1919 Luton greeted similar celebrations. As the Mayor of Luton and his worthies gathered for a "peace banquet" disgruntled ex-servicemen, many of them disabled and unemployed, gathered outside. Eventually the building was stormed and trashed before having a match put to it. The riot continued as the ex-squaddies sang "Keep the home fires burning" to the accompaniment of a piano looted from a nearby music shop. That's the kind of thing we should be celebrating. Excellent article on the Luton Peace Riots over on the Libcom site. (I believe the author crops up on this blog from time to time!)