Former General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament,
Bruce Kent will be in Beverley on Saturday 26 January as the guest
speaker at the annual Beverley Labour Party Burns Night celebrations.
He is now Vice President of CND and in the 1980s and 90s led the
organisation alongside contemporaries like Michael Foot and Trevor
Huddleston. He is also former Chairman of War on Want which campaigns
to end world hunger.
Speaking today, George McManus, Parliamentary Spokesman for Beverley
and Holderness, said, ‘ Bruce is a true giant in both British and world politics
and has always been a hero to me. He is up there with Nelson Mandela
and Tony Benn. I joined CND, as did thousands of others in the 1960s and 1970s,
very much as a result of the inspirational leadership of people like Bruce Kent.
Over the decades, the peace movement has grown and thrived because of people
like Bruce and once again the issue of nuclear weapons is on the agenda.’
He went on, ‘Bruce represents the true spirit of Robert Burns whose belief in the
universal brotherhood of man and the importance of peace is legendary. We don’t
sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ across the world at New Year for fun. We sing it because we
believe world peace can be achieved and is worth striving for. It will be a great honour
to welcome Bruce to Beverley.’
The traditional Burns Night celebration takes place at Hodgsons in Beverley in
Saturday 26 January .
Tickets are £20 and available from Judy Dickinson on 01964 542593.