May Day was first celebrated by Wolverhampton Trades Council in 1892 and then off and on ever since.
The current Wolverhampton May Day Committee was established in 1994, as a result of the threats of the last Conservative government to abolish May Day in Britain and replace it with a nationalistic holiday.
Since our workers` holiday has been celebrated again in Wolverhampton it has gone from strength to strength and is now probably the most popular West Midlands event. The May Day Committee was founded by Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC and the local branches of the Communist Party and Indian Workers Association.
While not the blueprint for all May Day events, our shared experiences may be valuable. In our city, we have achieved some success. The event has filled a void and brings together the labour movement, for more than just one day a year, by building trust between individuals and groups.
The May Day event has now achieved a regular place in the labour movement activities within Wolverhampton and obtains a wide range of national and international speakers.
After initially growing each year, for the last few years our audiences have averaged about 300 people, drawn from political and trade union movements but more so from the differing local communities within Whitmore Reans which the venue is usually held.