Selina Cooper, and other local women, helped to organise a No More War conference in Nelson in August 1934. Those who attended from various organisations such as trade unions, co-operative and religious groups, condemned what they saw as warmongering. An anti-war committee was set up and immediately began to organise a demonstration for later that month.
Nearly 500 people took part in the No More War demonstration in Nelson on 18 August 1934. The Nelson Old Band led the procession. Children on a lorry carried signs saying ‘Workers, unite against war’. Another banner proclaimed ‘Mothers of England, shall youth be slaughtered?’ The ‘Peace our Hope’ banner, which had previously appeared on the Peacemakers’ Pilgrimage in 1926 and in Women’s Peace Crusade events during the war, was also carried.
Colne and Nelson Times, 24 Aug 1934. Archive ref: DDX 1137/4/68, Lancashire Archives.