Town celebrates multiculturalism after far-right rally cancelled

Callum Speak and Emma Leyla from Party Protest at the The Anti Racism festival in Wigan Town centre
Callum Speak and Emma Leyla from Party Protest at the The Anti Racism festival in Wigan Town centre

Hundreds of Wiganers turned out to an event to celebrate multiculturalism.


The Multicultural Celebration was arranged by Wigan Together to show opposition to racist and fascist groups who had planned to hold a “White Rights Day” in the town.
The planned National Front demonstration was cancelled but Wigan Together, a coalition of local trade unions, progressive political parties and community groups, went ahead with their event which included family-friendly entertainment as well as speeches, music, poetry and comedy in the town centre’s Market Square.
It was feared that some far-right protesters would still attempt to turn up in the town meaning police were in attendance but the event went ahead undisrupted.