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Campaign for plaque to Portrush gay activist Mark Ashton who co-founded movement to support striking Welsh miners

Call to recognise man who backed the striking Welsh miners in 1984

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Campaigner: the late Mark Ashton, who co-founded a movement to support the Welsh miners

Campaigner: the late Mark Ashton, who co-founded a movement to support the Welsh miners

Campaigner: the late Mark Ashton, who co-founded a movement to support the Welsh miners

A campaign has been launched in support of a memorial to a gay activist from Portrush who co-founded a movement to support striking Welsh miners.

Mark Ashton established the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) to support the miners when they went on strike in 1984. He grew up in Co Antrim and studied at the Catering College in Coleraine before moving to London as a young man, where he dressed as a woman to work in the Conservative Club in King's Cross.

He died at the age of 26 after being diagnosed with AIDS and has been memorialised with a blue plaque in his memory above the Gay's The Word bookshop in Marchmont Street in London, as well as a garden named after him in Paris. No such memorial exists in Northern Ireland.


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