Monday, 17 September 2012

Allan Horsfall (1927-2012)

Allan Horsfall, Atherton's finest. I thought it only appropriate to remember Alan Horsfall here.
A pioneering campaigner for gay rights in the UK and neighbour (coming from the next Lancashire mining village to mine, Atherton). When Allan went public as a founding member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, the press expected all hell to break loose in his tightly knit working class home town - in fact the opposite happened, his local community supported him in his down to earth bid for social justice.
Allan raised his head above the parapet at a time when the 'crime' of being gay carried a potential sentence of life imprisonment in the UK. We shouldn't underestimate his bravery and contribution in laying the groundwork for todays more relaxed times.

For more about Allan Horsfall see link below.

The Guardian - Allan Horsfall.

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