Thursday, 9 June 2011

News - Friends present cheque to museum in memory of veteran campaigner (Kelham Island)

FRIENDS of a veteran left-wing political campaigner presented a cheque to Kelham Island Museum in his memory.

Mark ‘Mozaz’ Wallis, an anarchist who was ever-present at Sheffield protests and demonstrations, died of pneumonia in January aged 45.

A group of friends decided to raise a collection in his memory and donated it to Kelham Island in celebration of Mozaz’s passion for South Yorkshire’s industrial heritage.

Friend Jane Murphy said: “Mozaz was passionate about Sheffield’s industrial history, saving historically significant buildings from falling into disrepair and ruin.

“He made himself a right pain at times by campaigning and attempting to pressure owners of buildings to make them safe and bring them back to their former glory.

“We raised £140 between us and then the discussion about what to do with the money ensued.

“We had considered benches and plaques, but then decided on a donation to the museum in Mozaz’s name.

“We hope this is something that he would have been happy with.”

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