The Battle of Cable Street
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99 year old Beattie: 'There would have been bloodshed'

Eighty years ago today, fascist leader Oswald Mosley and 2,000 of his Blackshirt followers, planned a march in London's East End.

But the people living there had other ideas, Jewish residents joined forces with local communists to block the route. Some 100,000 people turned out.

The march was abandoned and it led to new rules about permission for marches. Some of those who took part in that day's struggle still live close by, including Beattie Orwell, 99, and Max Levitas, 101. The Today programme's Zoe Conway meets them.

  • 04 Oct 2016