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Liberation 91

Vintage footage from 13th April 1991, which was a Saturday. The march through the city centre was about inequality and quite a shock for shoppers, as you can see from some of the stony-faced reactions.

According to a news item in 'All Points North' magazine before the event, people assembled at Whitworth Park at 12.00 and the march began at 13.00. The route was along Oxford Road, right into Whitworth Street and then left up Sackville Street. That is where the video first picks it up — at Bloom Street, which was at the heart of gay life in Manchester in those days.

Duration: 4 mins 12 secs

Update: Feb 2021 - late last year I was able to find and buy a Hi8 camcorder. New digital transfers have now been made of around 50 hours of tape. These transfers are high quality (uncompressed) and some technical issues have been resolved. A great improvement on the existing files which were made 15 years ago.

Liberation 91 is included, along with The Walk For Life 1991, Soho Pink Weekend 1994, London Pride 1995, Section 28 rally 2000 in Manchester and much more.

Minolta 81e Video8 camcorder

Technical details: Liberation 91 was recorded using a Minolta 81E camcorder. This used the Video8 tape format. The video was edited (many years later) with the software Sony Vegas Video 5.

The music is "Hot Rock" by Kevin MacLeod. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.