100 years after his death local people are being invited to an event to learn more about James Keir Hardie.
Hardie was the founder and first leader of the Labour Party and has strong links with this part of the world.
Records show that Hardie addressed a mass outdoor meeting at Irvine Moor and also addressed a miners meeting in Kilwinning. Between 1882 and 1887 he wrote a weekly column for the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald under the pseudonym “The Trapper”.
The event is being organised by Councillor Joe Cullinane in association with the Keir Hardie Society, of which Joe is a founding member and sits on its executive. It will be held in Nelson Mandela Cottages, 17 Townhead, Irvine on Wednesday 14th October at 7pm. The guest speaker will be Richard Leonard, the Political Officer for GMB Scotland and the Secretary of the Keir Hardie Society.
Speaking about the event Councillor Cullinane said,
“Keir Hardie is a real working class hero and it has been great to see his legacy commemorated over the last few weeks as we mark the centenary of his death.”
“He has very strong links with this part of the world and I am pleased to be able to organise this event, as part of these commemorations, which offers local people an introduction to Keir Hardie.”
“This event will allow those interested in politics and Labour history to get an insight into the great man’s upbringing, his political journey and why he fought for a Labour Party to represent the interests of the working class. I hope to see local people at the talk.”
For more information on the Keir Hardie Society please visit: http://keirhardiesociety.co.uk/