Accommodation Search

Join in

Send page to a friend

Featured Destination

February 2018: Land of the Prince Bishops

County Durham is not perhaps well-known as a tourist destination, that very fact surely making it worth visiting, but it does enjoy a wealth of ...More
More Uk destinations

The Lawrence Family

Since the terrible day in 1993 when their son Stephen was murdered Doreen and Neville Lawrence have fought for justice, faced in the early years by what can at best be called the indifferent police investigation, a whiff of suspected corruption and a stench of racism hanging over aspects of the case. The conviction of Gary Dobson and David Norris is a triumph for the couple; but it is only some justice, perhaps some comfort. It is fervently hoped that others involved in the murder will be brought to account. Various memorials to Stephen exist, among them an architecture prize and an architecture centre for young people like Stephen aspiring to that profession. Less tangible but of greater significance are the changes to policing and the law that have resulted from the dogged determination of the Lawrences. As with their battle for justice we are doubtless only part way there, but the heroic example of the teacher and carpenter who were and are relentless in their cause will continue to inspire others to join them in the struggle against the vestiges of institutional racism, and give pause for thought to all but the most bigoted in our society.

Previous heroes of the hour

More British Heroes

Brit Quote:
We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values - Tony Benn
More Quotes

On this day:
Battle of Bramham Moor - 1408, Treaty of Westminster signed - 1674, First Man Utd Match at Old Trafford - 1910, 1st episode of Eastenders - 1985, Cocker's Contempt for Jackson at Brits - 1996
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages