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Sheffield tribute night to ‘everyday heroes’

Harp and a Monkey: From the left are Simon Jones, Andy Smith and Martin Purdy

Harp and a Monkey: From the left are Simon Jones, Andy Smith and Martin Purdy

A night celebrating the achievements of South Yorkshire ramblers who fought for the ‘right to roam’ and then went to fight fascism in Spain is to be held next week at Sheffield’s Greystones pub.

Folk group Harp and a Monkey will pay tribute to everyday heroes of the 1930s to a backing of harp, banjo, glockenspiel, viola and subtle electronica.

Singer Martin Purdy, a historian and author, said: “We come from Lancashire and the Kinder Trespass and victory to roam open land in Britain is something that the people of our county and those of South Yorkshire achieved together

“But it wasn’t until recently that I learned that many of the men who took part in the trespass then went on to walk over the Pyrenees into Spain to fight the fascists in the Spanish Civil War.”

The event is on September 10 from 8pm, with tickets at £10.

 

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