Red Flag over Bermondsey - The Ada Salter Story


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Written and Performed by Lynn Morris Directed by Dave Morris

On Saturday 17th October at Brigflatts Quaker Meeting House, Sedbergh.

Performance will start at 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm for refreshments) and will last 65 minutes without interval.

Where to start with Ada Salter? She was a true radical, campaigner for equal rights, socialist, republican, pacifist, environmentalist, trade union activist and a leading light in the transformation of the Bermondsey slums in the early part of the twentieth century. Born into Methodism, she became a Quaker in 1914. She and her GP husband, Alfred Salter, dedicated their lives to the people of Bermondsey, London. They lived and worked right in the heart of that deprived community, having to accept the tragic consequences of their choice.
Ada broke through the glass ceiling of her time, becoming both the first woman councillor in London and then the first woman mayor.

Red Flag over Bermondsey explores both the private and the public lives of Ada from 1909 until 1922, interwoven with her beloved Ira Sankey hymns and her passion for Handel.

Parking will be in the field at the top of the lane. Please allow time for parking at the top of the lane and walking down to the Meeting House. There will be limited parking available nearer to the Meeting House (ring Sedbergh 20005 to reserve a disabled parking space) for folk with mobility restrictions who would find it challenging to walk the 200 yards down the lane. Torch advisable for walking back up the lane.

There is no charge but please phone or text 07729 329 545 to reserve a seat.

There will be a retiring collection in support of The Women’s Co-operative of Seir, West Bank, Palestine.

We do hope that you can join us.