Battle of Cable Street premium apron Battle of Cable Street premium apron
Battle of Cable Street premium apron Battle of Cable Street premium apron
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Battle of Cable Street premium apron

In 1936, the fascist leader Oswald Mosley wanted to march his Blackshirts through the heart of East London, then a deprived area with a high concentration of Jewish residents. The march was seen by Jewish and community groups as a deliberate provocation, but the Home Secretary, Viscount Simon, refused to ban it and deployed some 6,500 police guards to protect the 2,500 marchers. On the day of the march, more than a quarter of a million Londoners took to the streets and barred the way with roadblocks and wielding sticks and other rudimentary weapons. The protesters adopted the slogan "They shall not pass"  (No pasarán) from the Spanish Republicans in the civil war against Franco's fascists. Mosley eventually turned his fascists away, but the day ended with some 150 arrested and 175 injured.

This apron design is based on part of The Battle of Cable Street mural (painted onto the external west wall of St George's Town Hall, Cable Street, London Borough of Tower Hamlets). The mural was begun in 1976 by Dave Binnington, inspired by Mexican muralists, but he abandoned it in the face of racist vandalism. It was finished by Ray Walker, Desmond Rochford and Paul Butler in 1987.

Stand up for minority rights and against racism with this stunning apron.

Specifications: Large adult apron, in half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Length approx 94c x width 72 cm. The apron has an adjustable neck loop and extra long ties (90cm) that can be fastened in front or behind. Machine wash at 40 degrees max.