This week 30 years ago: Row over ‘gay’ Remembrance wreath at Islington Green

Islington Gazette: November 14, 1956

Islington Gazette: November 14, 1956 - Credit: Archant

A row erupted after a “gay” wreath was laid at the Islington Green war memorial.

Earlier that year, Mayor of Islington Cllr Bob Crossman became the UK’s first openly gay mayor.

At the Remembrance service, his consort Martin McCloghry laid a wreath of poppies surrounded by a pink triangle: the symbol of the gay liberation movement.

Cllr David Hyams said: “It is self-indulgent tokenism.” But Cllr Crossman, who laid a traditional wreath, hit back: “Martin laid it on behalf of 12 million people who died in concentration camps. They were forced to wear coloured triangles.”

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn was unable to comment as he was at a conference in El Salvador.