Heading to Ayrshire to pay a fitting tribute to Keir Hardie

Society members (l-r) Bill Shields, Sam Harty, Pauline McNeil, John Stark and Elizabeth Stark took part in the annual Keir Hardie Walk

Society members (l-r) Bill Shields, Sam Harty, Pauline McNeil, John Stark and Elizabeth Stark took part in the annual Keir Hardie Walk

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THE Keir Hardie Society will be giving a tour of Cumnock on Saturday following its second agm in Cumnock Town Hall, home to the Keir Hardie bust monument.

Newhouse-born Keir Hardie stayed with his family in Cumnock, Ayrshire, and much of his work and lifestyle is shown in the Baird Institute Museum, where a dedicated room is set.

The society members will also visit the local church were Keir Hardie once preached and gave some early speeches in his Christianity life, cross the road to his former home ‘Lochnorris’, and finally the Hardie family grave.

Society co-founder Hugh Gaffney will be launching a new Keir Hardie Society Badge, with inscribed words ‘Socialism, Peace and Equality’ complementing a 3D image of Keir Hardie.

Along with badge will be other news of future planning of other events which are the society are in talks with.

At the visit to the Baird Museum there wil be a presentation of original work and speeches Keir Hardie wrote, which were given to friends of the society in recognition of the work being done.

Members of the Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill CLP took part in the annual Keir Hardie Walk from Summerlee to the Keir Hardie Sports Centre in Holytown.

Mr Gaffney used the opportunity to some photographs of Keir Hardie to the sports centre having promised to do so when the society was formed having discovered no one at the centre knew who he was.

He said: “I hope they can display the photos to let others know about a famous Lanarkshire boy who changed British politics, and I would also like to see more done within Lanarkshire, in recognition of Keir Hardie.”

Events in Cumnock start at 11am.

The Keir Hardie Society membership is open to anyone and more details are available by e-mailing Hugh Gaffney.