The ‘Dinner’ protest

30 January 1970: a mass meeting is convened after it was discovered that the University Chancellor, Lord Salisbury, had been invited  to attend Guild Ball and Dinner that evening. The meeting in Mountford Hall, attended by about 250 students, expresses opposition to Lord Salisbury’s racialist views as being incompatible with a multiracial university and votes in favour of a sending a delegation to meet Salisbury at his hotel in town to tell him he is not welcome. In the meantime a six hour sit in continues in the Students’ Union, until 8 pm when the dinner in the Sefton Room is picketed. Salisbury does not turn up.

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Author: Gerry

Retired college teacher living in Liverpool, UK.

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