Bradford Peace Trail
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             
   
23 Manningham Lane
Manningham Lane was the route of the anti-Iraq War demonstration on Saturday, January 18th 2003. This was organised by the Stop the War coalition of groups. Starting in Lister Park, some 3,000 people took part, young and old, male and female, a multiracial and multifaith group. They walked along the main road towards the city, exchanged waves with residents along the way, and arrived at a rally in Centenary Square.
It was a peaceful and very positive event that brought people from many backgrounds closer together. It demonstrated to people in the city and in the country at large that Bradfordians could make a positive and peaceful statement about themselves and their city.
They marched past Valley Parade football ground, site of the Bradford City Fire (see site 01).
In contrast, a year and a half earlier, on the first anniversary of the 2001 disturbances, a proposed peace march had been banned.  
   
24 Margaret McMillan
 
  Margaret McMillan (1860 - 1931) was invited to Bradford in 1893 to help the newly formed Independent Labour Party to encourage the involvement of working men and women in the city's political life. She was not averse to speaking on street corners.
She lived with her sister Rachel at 49, Hanover Square, off Manningham Lane towards the city centre end (1883 - 1902). A blue plaque marks the house and says: 'All children are mine'; Margaret McMillan was a champion of children.
In 1894, she was elected to the Bradford School Board with a mandate to fight 'the battle of the slum child'. It was due to her that the Medical Officer of Health carried out the country's first medical inspections on children. These showed up the scourge of undernourishment. She worked with Fred Jowett (see site 14) to persuade the Council to take some responsibility for feeding the children, to supplement the voluntary efforts of the Cinderella Club. Through her influence, Green Lane School in Manningham was the first school to set up a central school meals depot. The kitchen supplied meals to dining centres in the poorest parts of the town. Jonathan Priestley, J. B. Priestley's father, was headmaster of the school at the time and could be seen serving meals. She pressed for school swimming pools after the Council refused the School Board's request to use the public baths for children. The first swimming pool in the country was opened in 1898 at Wapping Road School.
She wore herself out, left Bradford and moved to Kent. Soon she and her sister
were in London, establishing the first school clinic in Bow (1908), a nursery school in Deptford, then an open-air nursery and training centre at Peckham (1914). Margaret carried on the work after Rachel died in 1917.
 
   
25 Asian Youth Movement
 
Asian Youth Movement: This was established in 1978 to fight racism, fascism and social injustice. The group mounted many anti-deportation campaigns under the slogan: 'Here to stay; here to fight'. It was a broad alliance of young people from the  
Asian communities supported by white anti-fascist groups. The group originally met in people's houses, then in an office in Lumb Lane (now demolished). They then used a correspondence address at 2, Hallfield Road. The group was an inspiration for AYM groups to be set up in other cities. It was the root organisation of the Bradford Law Centre and Bradford Resource Centre which still continue to fight for justice.
In July 1981, twelve Asian youths who were members of an offshoot organisation, were arrested for making petrol bombs. They argued that the bombs were made in self-defence in face of danger from racist and fascist groups. The defence campaign for the 'Bradford 12' was widely supported and backed by the Asian Youth Movement.
An acquittal for the twelve was a crucial moment in the Black and Asian communities' struggle for racial justice.
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