By New Worker correspondent
AROUND 100 people gathered on the South Bank in London last Saturday to remember the volunteers who fought and died in the struggle against fascism in Spain. The 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish civil war on 18th July 1936 was commemorated at the annual ceremony at the International Brigade memorial in Jubilee Gardens on Saturday 2nd July.
The historian Paul Preston delivered the keynote address while other tributes were given by trade union veteran Rodney Bickerstaffe and Almudena Cros, president of the Madrid based Association of Friends of the International Brigades (AABI) along with the actress Maxine Peake, Spanish rapper Perro Lobo and the Na-Mara folk duo. Wreaths were laid by, among others, representatives of the Spanish embassy, the Catalan government's delegation in London, Spanish exile and refugee groups and the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women.