Spanish Civil War talk

On Thursday April 4th Dolores Long gave a riveting talk to the Good Neighbours History Group about those 109 men and women from Manchester who in the late 1930’s went to Spain to join the International Brigade and defend Spain from the Fascist takeover led by General Franco

Dolores’ father, Sam Wild was one of these volunteers and ended up as the commander of the British  Battalion of the International Brigade. Dolores was herself named after Dolores Ibarruri,  known as La Pasionaria, for the impassioned speech she gave in her Farewell to the International Brigades just before they left Barcelona in October 1938

Flag of the Spanish Republic 1931-39

An audience of about 70 people came to the lecture by Dolores (in the striped top at the front)

Marguerite “Madge” Nuttall Addy  worked as a nurse during the Spanish Civil War and before that lived & worked at a hairdressers in Chorlton. A civic plaque to her was  unveiled on Manchester Road,  at a civic ceremony in May 2018