Band sing at Johnny’s grave

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:59 04 May 2016

Folk group The Young Uns (David Eagle, Sean Cooney and Michael Hughes) are visiting the grave of Johnny Longstaff. Photo by Jeremy Long.

Folk group The Young Uns (David Eagle, Sean Cooney and Michael Hughes) are visiting the grave of Johnny Longstaff. Photo by Jeremy Long.

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

Graveyards tend to be a sombre place, however not so much in Portbury on Thursday afternoon.

Folk music band The Young’uns visited St Mary’s Church and sangs songs at the grave of Johnny Longstaff.

The North East band were struck by Johnny’s story, who used to live in Stockton-on-Tees and moved to North Somerset.

Singer Sean Connery said: “We wanted to sing at the grave of one of our heroes – the extraordinary Teessider Johnny Longstaff who fought prejudice and inequality all his life.”

Longstaff walked to London to find work at the age of 15 in the 1934 Hunger March and was at the Battle of Cable Street when Black Shirts were prevented from marching through the East End of London by anti-fascists.

Lying about his age he was smuggled out to fight for democracy with the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. He also served in World War Two.


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