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New Cross Fire 40th Anniversary

18 January 1981 - 2021


On 18 January 1981, the New Cross Fire led tragically to the deaths of 14 young Black people.

In the early hours of Sunday 18 January 1981, a fire started at 439 New Cross Road where a birthday party was taking place. That fire caused the deaths of 14 young, black people. Their passing and the loss of everything they would have achieved has never been forgotten by their families and the local community. Those families fought for many years for justice and each year there is a commemoration event.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the New Cross Fire. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we were not be able to come together as planned for a memorial service at St Andrew's Church Brockley. This has been recorded and is available on you Tube.

Throughout 2021, community projects funded by Goldsmiths, University of London will explore past and present of Lewisham's Black community to mark the 40th anniversary of Black People's Day of Action. Grants will be given to support proposals developed with local organisations and community groups.

Dr Kalbir Shukra and the Young Mayer of Lewisham will bring together people involved in campaigning alongside other adults who campaigned when they were younger, in a workshop called 'when we were young..now we are young'.

Lewisham Council established a Bursary at Goldsmith’s College in memory of the victims of the fire to enable local young people to realise their full potential in the way that those who died in that fire were unable to.