"Viva la Quinta Brigada." South Bank Tip by planxty
South Bank, London: 96 reviews and 210 photos
It's funny how things happen sometimes. I am currently re-reading George Orwell's "Fighting in Spain" after many years. For those of you not familiar with the book, it recounts how the author went to Spain in the 1930's to fight against the Fascists of General Franco, who were supported at that time by the Nazis. People came literally from all over the world to fight, in what was known as the International Brigade.
Fast forward to last Saturday when I attended a wonderful VT meet and Treasure Hunt, superbly organised by the indefatigable Jo (Jo 104). We were divided into teams and sent off to find the answer to clues. Now I must have walked past this statue dozens of times and I have never even stopped to look at it. It is a memorial to the British people who fought in the International Brigade, and I think it is rather attractive. Worth a look if you are anywhere near the London Eye.
It was sculpted by Ian Walters and unveiled in 1985. Oh, if you are wondering about the title of the tip, it is the title of a Christy Moore song about the same subject. I couldn't stop humming it for the rest of the day!
Address: Jubilee Gardens, London, SE1.
Directions: It is in the open space directly adjacent to the London Eye (Millenium Wheel).
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