From London daily The Morning Star:
Protecting the spirit of Spain
(Tuesday 14 November 2006)
Seventy years ago, Yorkshire communists led a campaign to gather food and clothing for the people of Spain, who were engaged in a titanic struggle to defeat the fascist highjacking of their young democratic republic.
The Yorkshire district of the Communist Party helped to launch a food ship which sailed up the Ouse to York, where, according to international brigader and communist Geoffrey Mansfield, ”it elicited a huge response from the local people, who filled the ship with food, blankets and clothing.”
Sadly, Mansfield died this year on August 4, a week before rehearsals for Ay Carmela! began.
And now his daughter Elizabeth, cast as Carmela, is playing her part to ensure that the struggle of her father and the rest of the 35,000 international brigaders, 2,100 of whom came from Britain, is remembered.
Carmela is the heroine of a rich Spanish folk tradition, a Latin star who represents Spain in the same way that Britannia represents Britain.
She is evoked in the Republican anthem Viva la Quince Brigada (Long Live the 15th Brigade).
Movie based on this play: here.
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