As regular readers will know, my political opinions are a matter between me and the ballot box. To prove this, I am presenting two ideologically opposed events for your delectation.
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Radical folk club, the Woody Guthrie Folk Club, is holding a "Margaret Hilda Thatcher Commemorative Special" evening on Thursday 25 April. As the website states: "This month's Woody Guthrie Folk Club will be dedicated to a commemoration of the life and times of Margaret Hilda Thatcher. Please bring songs from her era. It will of course be suitably solemn and respectful. YEAH RIGHT! Bring songs of celebration and a variety of instruments. Sing song and knees up!!"
It takes place upstairs in the Ship & Mitre, Dale Street, Liverpool from 8.00pm. The pub usually has 10 real ales on. You can buy tickets for the evening here.
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The Rotary Club is holding its now annual Royal Beer Festival, first held two years ago to mark the wedding of a member of the Windsor family. It is being held at the Mere Brow Village Hall, 65 The Gravel, Mere Brow, near Southport, PR4 6JX. It opens at 4.00pm on Friday 3 May and is open all day on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th. Admission is £5, which includes a souvenir glass and a programme. Tickets from the festival website, where you'll also find full details of the event, or on the door.
Last year the festival raised nearly £4000 which helped to buy advanced heart treatment equipment for Southport Infirmary through the Heart of Southport Appeal; an excellent achievement.
Watney’s Red on Film, 1971
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