THE group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) announced an appeal yesterday to raise funds for a plaque celebrating the life and achievements of founding member Mark Ashton.
The group was formed during the 1984-85 miners’ strike to raise money for the mining community. LGSM’s story was told in the 2014 film Pride.
The former Young Communist League general secretary died at the age of 26 after he contracted pneumonia in 1987 having previously been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
The group plan to raise £1,500 via a crowdfunding website.
LGSM secretary Mike Jackson said: “Sadly Mark died in 1987 and we are now trying to find funding to put a plaque up above Gay’s The Word bookshop in London to commemorate Mark’s life. We are trying to raise £1,500.
“We intend to install and unveil the plaque on May 19 which would have been Mark’s 57th birthday and hope it will be a fitting and lasting memorial to our Mark.”