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Plaque honours gay political activist Mark Ashton

Campaigner, who died in 1987, founded the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) group

25 May, 2017 — By William McLennan

Russell Tovey and Mike Jackson at the plaque unveiling for Mike Ashton [PICS: Simon Lamrock]

A MEMORIAL plaque celebrating the life of Mark Ashton – the political activist who founded the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) in 1984 – has been installed above a bookshop in Bloomsbury.

The group’s role in supporting striking Welsh miners was made into hit feature film Pride in 2014. Mr Ashton, who had contracted HIV, died in 1987. Other members of the LGSM were joined by actor Russell Tovey at the plaque unveiling at Gay’s the Word bookshop in Marchmont Street on Friday on what would have been Mr Ashton’s 56 birthday.

The plaque at Gay’s The Word

Mike Jackson, a founding member of the LGSM, set up a crowdfunding drive to pay for the plaque said: “To this day, Mark’s loss remains deeply felt by so many family members and friends. Driven, principled and charismatic, Mark would have achieved so much more if he had not died so young.”

 

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