I just came across this bit of local history yesterday: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lewisham
The National Front (NF) (the right wing racist party) had done well in a Lewisham local council election in 1977 and they decided to march through Lewisham with their St Georges flags flying on 13 August. The moderate opposition organised a mass rally to oppose them and block them from entering Lewisham Town centre. The more radical anti-racists decided to attack the NF as they assembled in New Cross.
Clifton Rise is where the NF marchers planned to assemble and it was here they were ambushed. This is just up the road from us, about 50 yards from our front door.
The Police rallied and pushed back the Anti racists so the march could proceed. The march had to be rerouted through the back streets and there was no way they could reach the Lewisham town centre. The police ended the march in a car park behind the railway station and herded the marchers onto trains.
I graduated from University in 1977 and in August 1977 I would have just started work in Whetstone, near Leicester, designing nuclear power stations.
I don't remember this incident specifically though I do remember Anti Racism being a big thing. The best was an event organised by Leicester Council with all the folk dance troupes in the city. Each troupe did a couple of dances. Most started with a show piece then followed with a dance everyone could join in on. Most of the people there were with one of the dance troupes so they were in costume. Irish, Scottish, Morris, various East European and Indian groups.
I had got a ticket at the folk club I frequented in those days, where there were lots of lefties. It was magical when each troupe did their 'all join in' dance to see all these other folks, each in a different costume joining in to share and dance together.