john maclean centenary march

Monday 3 December, 2018 2 p.m.

The Piping Centre, 30 – 34 McPhater Street, G4 0HW

On 3rd December 1918, a crowd well in excess of 100,000 gathered outside Buchanan Street Railway Station. It was awaiting the arrival of educator, social justice campaigner and anti-war revolutionary, John Maclean, following his release from Peterhead prison earlier that same day.

The great man was coming, the haill toon was turning out.

Exactly 100 years on to the day, with a 2pm assembly time and 2.30pm march off from McPhater Street/Scottish Piping Centre, we will be following as closely as possible the route the marchers, swollen to over 200,000, as feeder marches arrived from Parkhead Forge and Singers in Clydebank, all converging on Carlton Place near Jamaica Bridge for , quite literally John Maclean’s “Return to the Clyde”.

And when over the Clyde, on its south bank , where Jamaica Bridge intercepts Calton Place, from the top of his human pulled carriage, Maclean famously raised the red flag in support of the revolutions of Russia, Germany , and, soon it seemed, Scotland.

At this precise moment , Glasgow was the centre of the world. And John Maclean had put it there .

Now with full Glasgow City Council approvals, we plan to celebrate the centenary of this moment in some style on the afternoon of Monday 3 December, 2018. And on the same streets the marchers and Maclean himself actually walked on on 03/12/1918. Namely, Buchanan Street, Jamaica Street and Calton Place.

And for 2018, a new addition. Nelson Mandela Place. So here the world’s most famous political prisioner of 1918 meets the world’s most famous political prisoner of 1990.

But only one has a street mamed after him in Glasgow. And it ain’t oor John Maclean.

Monday’s centenary march is about changing that. And more.

And about looking not just back, but forwards.

So bring these Catalans flags with you in support of the world’s most famous political prisoners of 2018

And wave them especially high as we march pass la Passionara statue on the north bank of the Clyde, where Jamica Street morphs into Jamaica Street.

“No Paseran”: Maclean, Mandela and Puigdemont in unison

And in Glasgow, Monday 3rd December 2018

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