Helmets and coats

Dean Bird: A retirement do to remember

I am just travelling to Grantham for an Executive Council meeting having attended a retirement function for London member Brother Dean Bird – someone I have known for many, many years. Dean has been a long standing Station Officer in London – at Bethnal Green and more recently at Holloway. He has...

White helmet

Funeral: Brother Alan Soards

I have just got home from Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth. I attended the funeral of Brother Alan Soards. Alan was a member of the FBU in Suffolk based in Lowestoft. Alan died in tragic circumstances whilst engaged in training for water rescue. He also died tragically young. The tributes at...

Fire engine

Fire Sector Summit

On Wednesday, I attended and spoke at the Fire Sector Summit at Wembley. This event is convened by the Fire Protection Association and draws together various people from the fire and rescue service and the wider fire sector. This includes insurers,...

Protesting march

Demonstrations – 20 October 2012

Yesterday saw huge numbers on the three demonstrations – in London, Glasgow and Belfast. I bemused by some of the claims on numbers form the police which seemed to significantly underestimate the turnout. The FBU contingent, which was towards – but not at – the back, took over four hours to get to...

Fire engine leaving station

Tunnel 2 Towers Run

I have just got back from attending the inaugural London Tunnel 2 Towers run. This charity fundraising event is based on similar runs which now take place in various parts of the USA – and indeed other countries. You can read more here. The London...


Thomas Hepburn memorial service

On Saturday (13 October) I attended the Thomas Hepburn memorial service at St. Mary’s church Heworth. I was invited to address the service by the North East area of the NUM. It was a great honour to attend and to be able to speak and I am very grateful for the invitation...

Matt Wrack

Kingston – building for 20 October

Last night I attended and spoke at a public meeting in Kingston. This had been organised by the local Trade Council to build support for the demonstration on 20 October. I know similar organising meeting are taking place all over the country. I made the point that we need longer term co-ordination...


The Workers’ Song

I went to see Dick Gaughan last weekend. And as we build for the demonstrations on 20 October here’s a tune. I suppose partly for those who will be marching in Glasgow… …also done by the Dropkick Murphys (from Boston) but written by a man from the North East of England.


Birmingham – for TUC demonstration

Yesterday (Sunday 0ctober 7th) I was up in Birmingham to speak at a demonstration called by the West Midlands TUC. It was called because the Tory conference is meeting in the city and it provided local workers and community groups the opportunity to express their anger at what is being done to...