Burns Night Celebration 2017

Burns Night in Beverley is always a highlight of Beverley and Holderness Labour Party’s year.

This year, 125 members and supporters crowded into the Beverley Memorial Hall on Saturday evening, January 28th. They heard a rousing speech from Mayor of Goole Terry Smith who at only 19 proposed the Toast to the Lassies. Local Councillor Ann Willis toasted the Laddies and dancing to traditional ceilidh music set the scene. Bagpipes announced the arrival of the haggis following which everyone tucked into a fantastic supper of Haggis, bashed neeps and chappit tatties all washed down with Scotland’s national drink, and we’re not talking IRN BRU.

But the highlight was undoubtedly the Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns. The toast came at the culmination of a fantastic speech delivered by ASLEF President Tosh McDonald who recalled the esteem in which Burns was held by the union’s founders over 100 years ago. Tosh brought the house down with his recollection of his response to the devastation wrought by Margaret Thatcher on our society in the 1980’s. ‘I hated her so much,’ he told the audience, ‘that I’d set my alarm clock for an hour earlier than necessary every morning just so that I could have another hour each day hating her.’

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Bruce Kent to visit Beverley

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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.