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Monday, 22 September 2014
Tony Benn’s life and work to be celebrated in Glasgow
The release below went out to a wide range of media yesterday. The Herald picked up the story and
Tony Benn at 2011's UCS 40 anniversary
printed it here. This is the full release. Watch out for further announcements as other guests are added to the list!
A major Scottish celebration of the life of Tony Benn was announced
today (Monday 22). Taking place in Glasgow’s
Royal Concert Hall on November 30 this year, the plan is for a series of
events through the afternoon culminating in a substantial concert in the
Singer songwriter Rab Noakes has
agreed to curate the concert which will also feature Chris Difford of Squeeze,
folk legend Roy Bailey, Karen Matheson, Donald Shaw, James Grant, Arthur Johnstone,
and Alastair McDonald . Also planned is a spoken word event in the
afternoon, along with discussion workshops on topics close to Tony’s heart
Neil Findlay MSP from the group
set up to support and promote this event, said “A number of our major trade unions felt it was important that a
campaigner like Tony, who had strong links with Scotland, from UCS up to the
present day, should be recognised and remembered here. We’re delighted to have
the support of the Benn family for the event.”
The day is being supported by Aslef, GMB, UNISON and Unite in Scotland,
who have commissioned FairPley – the people who organised Tony Benn’s sellout
appearance at Celtic Connections in 2013 – to produce the show.
Stephen Wright, one of the
directors of FairPley, said “It was a real privilege to organise Tony’s appearances in Scotland over
the last few years, at the Fringe, Celtic Connections and the UCS 40th
anniversary celebrations. We’re delighted to be involved in this major event to
mark Tony’s life and legacy.”