at RWB 2003
Over 1500 BNP members and supporters, as
well as curious members of the local electorate passed through
the gates of the British National Party's annual family festival,
the Red-White and Blue. The warm summer sun shone upon us
once again in our adopted venue near Sawley in East Lancashire.
Avenues of neatly laid out tents, families
preparing breakfast barbeques, a veritable forest of national
flags and the sight of children playing carefree greeted those
arriving on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Spectacular set of events
A greatly increased number of regional
stalls and displays were evident offering cultural information,
raffles, competitions and selections of locally produced foods
and drinks; even an owl sanctuary which proved to be a great
Three decades of British nationalist activities
have, albeit unintentionally, marginalised our very own women
and children, with political rallies in the past witnessing
a dominance by male participants. The RWB Family Festival
sweeps away that old, counter-productive style of doing things.
Our event was carefully designed to be fun and equally attractive
to men, women and children.
There was a "Crazy Jungle" funfair
ride for the kids, an impressive bouncy castle incorporating
a giant slide, paddling pool and the first ever women's discussion
group and all manner of craft activities including tie-dying,
art classes and demonstrations. There were football and paint-ball
contests, a regional tug o' war, clay-pigeon shooting, darts
and archery enjoyed by all ages and both male and female.
Mixing work and pleasure......
The people that make up the BNP realise
that the task ahead is a daunting challenge but that challenge
can be met head on with both determination and our uniquely
British sense of humour under adversity. One of Saturday evening's
highlights was the "RWB Newsnight Special" with
Group Development Officer, Tony Lecomber and well respected
political writer, Jonathan Bowden, playing the part of two
typical "liberal-left" TV political reporters putting
some of our prospective election candidates through their
paces. Laughs all round but underlying this was the very serious
aim of getting our candidates used to having to respond to
"interrogation" by the usually very hostile media.
Our candidates are in most cases new to the political scene
and unused to dealing with the media who deliberately set
out to discredit our noble aims and "booby-trap"
our sincere candidates with difficult questions. This exercise
demonstrated how to deal with even the deadly duo of "Lecomber
and Bowden" whose thorough and hostile questioning would
have put Paxman to shame!
Saturday evening saw a choice of entertainment.
While some newly formed bands were playing their own work
and covers of rock classics and patriotic ballads in the Big
Top, a karaoke session was taking place in our newly acquired
marquee which could comfortably seat over 250.
Professional entertainment was yet again
provided by "Playing with Insanity", the unique
'Doc Madness' with his fire eating style of magic! His zany
new act involved putting his face onto a towel covered with
broken glass and being stood upon by two heavyweights. He
emerged without a scratch!
A spectacular musical firework display
lit up the entire Ribble Valley in time to classical music.
What a show!
Notts based "Stigger" once again
displayed his talents as a song-writer, singer, guitarist
and crowd-worker that makes him the undisputed king of the
British patriotic ballad scene. He treated the crowd to two
Sunday continued the theme of combining
fun and serious political activity. While paint ball teams
were battling it out in the lower fields and toddlers were
being entertained in the creche, there was a workshop from
Eddy Butler revealing the secrets of running an effective
council election campaign. There were speeches from some of
our newly elected councillors and we had the signal honour
of being addressed by Jean Michel Girard, the Foreign Affairs
Director of Jean Marie Le Pen's French Front National.
Chairman's blistering speech Click
Party Chairman Nick Griffin entered to
a rapturous applause from over twelve hundred pairs of hands
which he thought would not stop. He signaled repeatedly to
the audience to sit down but such is the collective respect
and admiration for the one person who has helped change the
political face of Britain that it was several minutes before
he was able to start his speech. Mr. Griffin's effectively
and inspiringly answered the question "what does it meant
to be British"? Not so long ago, being British was something
worthy of pride, something that the entire world over knew
was good, wholesome and revered. That a Briton's "word
was his bond" was something that 300 million Indians
respected and gained from during the colonial period. The
concept of an all encompassing nanny and very authoritarian
state was something that was abhorred by our fathers and grandfathers.
Today the State pokes its dirty and unwelcome nose into every
aspect of our lives. To be British meant having the honour
of having a stiff upper lip, to live in a place where a man's
home was his castle. We have descended a long way from the
heights of Imperial pride, but hope remains. The people of
these islands are made of stern stuff and we have a powerful
passion for righting wrongs. We have a passion to fight this
rotten corrupt regime that turns white Britons into second
class citizens. The BNP seeks to convert that passion into
Then, as the crowd filed out of the Big
Top, 1,000 BNP balloons sponsored by Oldham BNP were released
to float away towards Yorkshire on the light westerly breeze.
Our spirits rose with them- the British National Party is
on the way up, and the success of RWB 2003 is the dramatic
It would be simply great if we could pay
tribute to the superb efforts undertaken by all those who
made this event possible. Space and time prevents us from
doing this. Very special thanks to Peter and Diane from Clitheroe
for setting up the licensed bar. Thanks to Bev Jones, recently
appointed volunteer North West Regional organiser, to Richard
and Kevin, the two 14 year old lads who did the job of two
adults to keep the event running smoothly, to Warren and his
dedicated team of stewards, to Jackie Griffin, the Chairman's
wife and to Wayne Cox who undertook such sterling work in
the days leading up to the event. Finally thanks to the farmer
and landowner, Mr. Barnes and his family, who uniquely made
this event possible and helped out in so many ways.