Descendants of Peterloo survivors have spoken of their pride after research by an academic revealed their ancestors took part in the protest.

Historian Michala Hulme traced families from a photo as part of efforts to mark Peterloo’s 200th anniversary.

All but one had been unaware of their links to the rally in which cavalrymen on horseback killed protesters.

Miss Hulme believes it is the first time Peterloo relatives have been traced from an image.

In 2018, she was shown a book containing a photograph dated 1884 depicting a group of elderly activists.

Newspaper articles about the book revealed they were, in fact, “the last living of that gallant band of Failsworth Reformers who were present at that memorable but disgraceful massacre which took place at Peterloo in 1819”.

Sixty-five years before

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