By John Smith • 05 July 2020 • 13:25
Jeremy Corbyn prepares to lay the wreath
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WHILST Americans all over the world celebrated Independence Day on July 4, a much smaller group attended the annual remembrance ceremony organised by the International Brigade Memorial Trust in Jubilee Gardens, London.
Guest speaker for a much smaller than usual gathering by the International Brigade Memorial was former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who told the audience that his parents had first met at an event in London held in solidarity with the Spanish Republican cause.
The ceremony remembers the more than 2,500 activists from Britain, Ireland and the then colonies who travelled to Spain to fight on behalf of the Republican side against General Franco.
During his speech which was recorded, Mr Corbyn referred to the many statues and memorials being taken down and explained that this was one that was most appropriate and showed historical solidarity for those struggling for peace.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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