After two weeks of celebrations throughout Britain for QUEEN Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee, a group with little sympathy for the Queen has held its own celebrations.
GV INTERIOR: crowds inside Alexandra Palace, London, U.K., ZOOM TO banner reading 'Build Your Tomorrow'.
CU PAN FROM: banner reading "60 years of socialism" TO portrait of Lenin.
SV: Palestinians gathered around banner.
SV: South African anti-apartheid posters.
CU: poster of Rhodesian premier Ian Smith with 'wanted for murder' sign.
GV: crowd chanting and applauding.
CU: British Communist Party Chairman Mick McGahey addressing gathering (in English)
GV: crowd applauding
SV: Spanish Communist Party member Manuel Azcarate addressing gathering (in English)
GV: crowd applauding
TRANSCRIPT: McGAHEY: "As one who has lived, grown up, I hope developed, in the labour and trade union movement of our country, we have more to celebrate and greater things to achieve than the pomp and ceremony of the last fortnight."
AZCARATE: "We will not forget those that have helped us in the difficult moments and the first thing I want to do is to express here to British communists out feelings of profound gratitude for everything you have done to help us to conquer...... (indistinct)".
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Background: After two weeks of celebrations throughout Britain for QUEEN Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee, a group with little sympathy for the Queen has held its own celebrations. Thousands of communists from Britain and abroad gathered in London on Sunday (19 June) for what they called a "peoples'jubilee".
SYNOPSIS: The venue for the gathering was Alexandra Palace, in North London. It was decorated with communist propaganda posters and filled with foreign stalls selling goods from various parts of the world. According to the communists, it was more appropriate to celebrate the achievements of the British people than the British monarchy.
One communist leader said the aim of the peoples' jubilee was to make people aware of deficiencies in the life and well-being of Britons, and to attempt to show the way of overcoming capitalism and racialism. Any reference to the Royal Jubilee was derogatory, he said.
People going into the palace could chose between music, films, theatre, and exhibitions. Britain's Communist Party Chairman, Mick McGahey, gave the crowd his justification for the rally.
A member of the recently-legalised Spanish Communist Party, Manuel Azcarate, expressed his gratitude to British Communists.