On 26th May, many of our volunteers and colleagues came together to celebrate the project’s success and launch our publications.
There were short speeches from volunteer Richard McMann; our Graphic Artist and Facilitator Tommy Anderson; Applied Comics, Etc‘s Lydia Wysocki (the artist himself, Terry Wiley, was across the Atlantic at the time but with us in spirit); and film-maker and tutor Graham Smith.
Nigel Todd and Lena Rodgers (who, along with Durham Course Organiser Tony Bulloch, were the key instigators of the research into this story) unveiled the framed print of a newly discovered portrait of Philip A Brown. The portrait, provided courtesy of Durham County Record Office, will now have permanent residence in our regional office.
And Bethany Elen Coyle performed some very moving songs created by a number of participants in the songwriting course which she led, and these will be uploaded at a later date.
As the following images, provided by the wonderful Mary Pitt, show, it was a day for good humour, pride and lots of cake!
Opening the first delivery of The Highway commemorative edition
Cake (from Celebration Cakes by Julie)
Nigel Todd and Anne Staines
Lauren Wood author of article on education.
Marjory Winnie, who contributed a wonderful song lyric which was performed at the event by Bethany Elen Coyle
Lydia Wysocki of Applied Comics, Etc, shows Jude the finished comic book about Philip A Brown.
Lydia and Emily Nicholson, our Communications Officer, with the comic book
Richard McMann works on a moving speech about what volunteering for the WEA has meant to him
Ruth Tanner, our brilliant MC for the afternoon
Nigel Todd and Lena Rodgers unveil Philip A Brown’s portrait
The portrait will remain in Regional Office
Tommy, Lydia and Ruth discuss the processes behind the publications
Jude, Richard and Lena cut the cake
Film maker and tutor Graham Smith introduces the video “Ordinary Heroes”
Kath Connolly, volunteer, steering group member and author of a brilliantly researched article on Jack Trevena
Jude tells Nigel about how we arrived at the size of the cake
Liz Armstrong, steering group member and author of the superb article on educational campaigns
Elaine Pope, another songwriter who produced a very moving lyric, with regular volunteers, Bill and Kath