Colne Valley Labour Party 120th Anniversary Celebrations


Colne Valley Labour Party 120th Anniversary Celebrations

Thursday 21 July, 7.30pm

The Watershed (behind Monsoon)
Bridge Street

Guest speaker:
Lord David Clark, author of Colne Valley: radicalism to socialism and MP for Colne Valley 1970-1974


  • launch of souvenir booklet Looking Back, Looking Forward: Colne Valley Socialism 1891-2011
  • socialist songs from the East Lancashire Clarion Choir
  • guest appearances by historical socialist figures including Victor Grayson and Jessie Smith
  • start of the Colne Valley Labour Party quilt
  • pre-meeting historical walk and talk around Slaithwaite – meet 6.30pm at Watershed
  • sale of books and Colne Valley Labour Party centenary plates and mugs.

Please bring your mementoes: photos, newspaper cuttings, badges.

Suggested donation: £2 on the door. All proceeds to constituency funds.

More info from Paul Salveson on 07795 008691 or

Victor Grayson


120th Anniversary Birthday Garden Party

Sunday 24 July, 1pm to 4.30pm

Bank Top
90a Radcliffe Road

Activities include:

  • Tolstoyan Treasure Trail
  • co-operative capers and games
  • solidaristic sandwiches
  • Marxist meringues
  • socialistic steam trains on a garden railway
  • special guests, including the ghost of Victor Grayson
  • stirring music

Suggested donation: £5 adults; accompanied children free – includes food and drink. All proceeds to constituency funds.

How to get there: Bank Top is nearer Slaithwaite than Golcar; about a 15 minute walk from the railway station (parking is limited). Bank Top is beyond the trees, past the garages and terraces, and on the left (if you are coming from Slaithwaite). Look out for the red flags!

Fancy dress for any period between 1891 and 2011 is encouraged but not essential. Prizes for the best/worst dressed socialist

RSVP to Paul Salveson and Hester Dunlop, Bank Top, 90a Radcliffe Road, Golcar, Huddersfield HD7 4EZ.

1 Comment

  1. Graham
    8 July 2011

    I am very sorry that I can’t be there. I’d like to ask fellow scouser, Victor Grayson, “Where’ve you been hiding since 1920 ?” I’d also like to ask Victor his opinion of Reg Groves’ book “The Strange Case of Victor Grayson” And if it shouldn’t have been titled “The Strange Case of the Labour Party” ?

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