The Battle of Wood Green
On 23 April 1977, a busy Saturday afternoon, Haringey’s community stood strong against 1,200 National Front racists. It became known as The Battle of Wood Green.
The racists had come to the diverse and multi-cultural borough to stir up hate and unrest.
Ducketts Common was a key location where the Battle of Wood Green took place. Here, Haringey's communities came together and opposed the National Front.
They showed them, and others, that racism wouldn’t be tolerated, and that all communities in Haringey stood together.
The decline of the National Front
The Battle of Wood Green contributed to the decline of the National Front in Haringey and elsewhere. Its legacy is still forefront of Haringey’s key value of being a multi-cultural, diverse and inclusive borough.
Haringey welcomes and values others, no matter where they’re from.
2021 is celebrating the 44th anniversary of the Battle of Wood Green and its lasting legacy.
With the help of artist Carleen De Sozer and art teacher Ms Robinson, local young people from the Haringey Learning Partnership created artwork panels.
The panels are displayed in Ducketts Common. They commemorate the event of 1977, but more importantly remind us of what can be achieved when ordinary people act.
Why not pop down to Ducketts Common to take a look? The artwork surrounds an electricity substation located south of the play area.
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