The day Manchester’s punks, reggae fans and skins stood together against the Far Right

The day Manchester's punks, reggae fans and skins stood together against the Far Right

Thomas Blower’s images from the open air concert have been sitting in storage since he took them in 1978

It was the day Manchester came together to stand against the Far Right – and dance to some really good bands.

On July 15, 1978, around 40,000 reggae lovers, punks and skins made their way to Alexandra Park in Whalley Range for the Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival.

On the bill that day were local heroes Buzzcocks, roots reggae giants Steel Pulse and Lancaster punks China Street.

But street photographer Thomas Blower was more interested in capturing what was happening in the crowd.

The black and white images he took that day have been sitting in storage ever since, until they were published by the documentary photography website British Culture Archive earlier this month.

And the response has been overwhelming.

Gig-goers have been getting in touch sharing names of people in the photos and their memories of the day.

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