Report and photos from Peace Day on the Library Field, Wrexham

Saturday 21 September 2013

C12 stalls and stuff

Peace, Love and Community

Following the Service for Peace in Queens Square at midday, Wrexham’s Peace Day action moved onto Llwyn Isaf (the Library Field) where the Community Choir sang again.

B2 choir sings at bandstand

One of the event organisers, Joey Dickenson of local band Heal the Last Stand

B9 sm Joey announces meditation session

…then led a peace delegation to the middle of town in the spirit of friendship and community to exchange flags with the Polish community group Cymrades who had organised another peace day on Bellevue Park.

D1 sm bellevue

While they were gone, other members of Heal the Last Stand kept the music going on the bandstand.

B3 dancing to heal the last stand

Happenings on the field

Across the field, the Yum Yum Project set up its food sharing tables.

C4 yum yum food

Wrexham Peace & Justice Forum put out a range of information for people to browse…

C36 war kills children

…and banners around the field

C44 Pam says End the Wars

…to get the message across

C9 real peace for all the world

…loud and clear!

C21 peace

Love, Light & Peace Tents provided a beautiful round marquee for the yoga…

C19 yoga in the marquee

…and meditation organised by the Yum Yum.

C17 meditation in the marquee

Massage and reiki was also on offer, like everything else freely given and gratefully received.

C39 sm while calon entertains from below

In front of the marquee people were getting their faces painted with peace symbols and in one case an amazing rainbow peace flag.

C40 sm finished peace paint

At least one fairy appeared.

C20 sm rachel and sophie

Further over, Frank set up the Give and Take community sharing stall.

C8 community sharing stall

Helpful info boards explained what it’s all about…

C7 share the earth

…attracting a lot of interest…

C14 share the earth

…while others learned by just doing it!

C48 sm free stall

Members of Wrexham’s Islamic community brought along an info stall too and Mohammed took to the stage to read one of his poems.

C5 Islamic info stall

The bands

Heal the Last Stand was the first of the afternoon bands, on the day they released their new single The Gathering, which you can listen to on SoundCloud.

In this video taken on Saturday, Heal the Last Stand perform Peace is the Word.

Americo Lima was on next, with songs of resistance from Portugal.

B8 sm portugese songs of resistance by americo lima

I didn’t take photos of all the other bands, but the line up was Keith Astbury, Mandola Hangover, Tiny Wooden Angels

B11 Tiny Wooden Angels

Hedge Gods, Mise en Scene (from Canada), Jessica Ball and The Scene.

B15 The Scene

The final act of the day was Wrexham Legend Terminal who didn’t disappoint.

B18 Terminal

Sunshine all day

People relaxed on the field in the sunshine until late in the day, keeping just ahead of the shadows as they lengthened.

C30 creeping shadow

This amazing crew helped clear up the field just before close at 7pm.

C54 big thanks to the clear up crew

The day concluded with an after-show party at The Commercial from 9pm.

Finally, another video clip from the day.

More photos

For more photos from the day, see this flickr set.

Thanks

Huge thanks to everyone who made the event possible. Special thanks to Brendan and Rob for the sounds, to Joey, Laura and the rest of Heal the Last Stand for everything they did, to Gay and the Yum Yum Project for organising the food, yoga, meditation etc., to Katie for the therapies, to Mel and Andy for the marquee and the rest, to Frank for the Give and Take stall, to Mohammed and friends for the Islamic info stall, to everyone who performed, to Maria, Phil and all the others for organising the peace service and various other contributions, to everyone I’ve forgotten. You know who you are. THANK YOU!

Why not get involved?

If you would like to be part of making Peace Day 2014 happen or get involved in putting on other free, peace-loving, community sharing events, then send an email to peacedaywrexham@yahoo.co.uk and tell us.

C28 piece of peace cake

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2 Responses to Report and photos from Peace Day on the Library Field, Wrexham

  1. Well done ALL of you! looks wonderful! PEACE ONE DAY! XXXX
    Lindis Percy
    Coordinator
    CAMPAIGN FOR THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF AMERICAN BASES – CAAB
    http://www.caab.org.uk

  2. creuynni says:

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