30th June & 1st July 2007

Saturday, 30th June, and Sunday, 1st July, 2007 at the Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. Nearest BR station St Leonards, Warrior Square. click here for map


Saturday 30th June 2007

Doors open 10.00am Refreshments available.

Bookmarks, Fairtrade, Co-op Retail and trades union stalls. Tressell exhibition, films and sound archive in upstairs studio.

10.30am. Official opening by Michael Foster MP, Peter Skinner, MEP and Jeremy Birch, Leader of the Labour Group, Hastings Borough Council

10.45am. Local Historian Brion Purdey ‘Hastings in the time of Robert Tressell'.

Bernard McKinley ‘Robert Tressell and the story of the manuscript of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists'.

2pm Andy Lynch and Ricky Tomlinson talk about the multi-media treatment of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Clive Griggs, University of Brighton, ‘The response of contemporary newspapers and magazines to the publication of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists in 1914'.

Andy Lynch, Writer and TV producer with Ricky Tomlinson and Irish Historian and Writer Charles Callan, lunchtime outside the venue

Trevor Hopper, Open University ‘South Coast Socialism: variations on Mugsborough. The start of the labour movement in the southeast'

5.30pm Hilda Kean, Ruskin College, Oxford ‘Labour Movements, Martyrs and Festivals'
6.30pm Light suppers, alcoholic and soft drinks available, followed at 7.00pm by the Robert Tressell Socialist Quiz, question master Cllr Jeremy Birch. This quiz was extremely popular in 2006 and just as popular this year. The bar was open throughout.

Sunday 1st July 2007

Doors open 10.00am. Refreshments, stalls and exhibition open.

Entrance to the Robert Tressell is free this year, but donations for our work and upkeep of the website will be very gratefully received over the weekend.

Mike Smith-Rawnsley ‘Looking Forward: Tressell and the Utopian Tradition.' Mike traces the influence of authors including Edward Bellamy, William Morris and Robert Blatchford and others, on Robert Tressell, and demonstrates Tressell's truly innovative ideas on the arguments for socialism.

12.00 Discussion on ideas for Tressell commemoration as part of Liverpool City of Culture, 2008, with Ricky Tomlinson, John Nettleton and Andy Lynch. Neil Bates MC..

14.00 The famous Tressell walk round the sites of Mugsborough described in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, with Trevor Hopper. This started at Concordia Hall and met up with other walkers outside Debenhams department store at around 2.15pm (Robertson Street entrance). As always the rain held off!

"From the Stage" - snapshot of the audience

Right, Ricky signs up for the Climate Challenge with Nick Hempleman of the Co-operative Society, our principal sponsor this year..


The Robert Tressell Society with John Nettleton, Andy Lynch, Ricky Tomlinson, Trevor Hopper, Mary Roberts, Sue Farley-Green, Bruce Dowling, Ann Bates, Roger Weeden, Dee Daly, Neil Bates and Ion Castro. (photo: Nick Hempleman)

For further information please e-mail: susannah@farley-green.freeserve.co.uk or phone 01424 460735.

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all photos (c) Ion Castro except where stated. Please don't reproduce them without permission.

I have in my possession an autographed copy of 'Ricky' which has been signed for someone called Anne. Please let me know if this belongs to you. I shall be away from 5-15th July but I will be happy to forward the book to you after I return. Susannah Farley-Green susannah@farley-green.freeserve.co.uk 01424 460735

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