The Action Mesothelioma Day event in Manchester was held on Friday 5th July 2019. Hundreds attended to remember those who have lost their lives to this aggressive cancer caused by asbestos, and to call for justice for asbestos victims.
The event was attended by mesothelioma sufferers, and people who had lost a loved one to the disease, as well as trade unionists and campaigners.
The outdoor rally in Barbirolli Square was chaired by Mavis Tong, who lost her husband to mesothelioma. The rally was addressed by local MPs Kate Green, Tony Lloyd, and Rebecca Long-Bailey.
After the MPs’ speeches, doves we released in memory of those who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma.
After the end of the outdoor rally, a public meeting was held in the Friends Meeting House in Manchester, which was addressed by Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester) and Lorraine Creech (of Mesothelioma UK).
The event was organised by the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group.
Action Mesothelioma Day is held annually on the first Friday in July.