The Cable Street mural, commemorating the Battle of Cable Street against Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts in 1936. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian
As one of the muralists responsible for painting and completing the Cable Street mural in the 1980s (G2, 22 September), it seems that its history has undergone some revision.
During the latter half of the 1970s, while we were completing our two murals at Royal Oak in Paddington in west London, David Binnington and myself were approached by Dan Jones of Tower Hamlets council to discuss the creation of a public mural to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the street battle in October 1936 against Oswald Moseley and his Black Shirts’ march down Cable Street.
As I had a prior commitment, David Binnington began this commission on his own, creating the original design for the mural. Sometime after he began painting it, vandals daubed its surface with racist slogans.
Demonstrators flee police during a protest in Cable Street, east London, against a proposed fascist march. Photograph: David Savill/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images