Use It - Or Lose It !!
|| The Red
Annual "DO" - 2002
|From RWB 17/18th
August 2002. www.bnp.org.uk
Biggest ever BNP
The largest BNP gathering in the entire
history of the party - that was Red-White-and-Blue 2002! A
total of just over 1,000 different people passed through the
gate of the stunning rural Lancashire site over the weekend.
This was five hundred more than the attendance at the party's
previous best-attended event, an annual rally held in East
London's York Hall in 1991.
The RWB organising team had bought 1,000 clip-on plastic festival
wristbands, but we didn't expect to use more than 700 of them.
In the end, however, a staggering 930 were issued to members
and guests. In addition, stewards and some key officials did
not need wristbands, and children under 16 were also not required
to wear them (though many of the little ones wanted to and
were duly issued with them). Several dozen local supporters
who arrived just in time for the final event of the weekend
only were let in free and without bands as a goodwill gesture.
Adding these different groups altogether, it becomes clear
that the attendence over the weekend exceeded our wildest
hopes - into four figures for the first time ever!
To a certain extent, this was a reflection of the wonderful
weather on the Saturday, although that factor was partly offset
by the fact that a date-change less than two months earlier
meant that a number of keen members who would otherwise have
attended were unable to do so on account of pre-booked family
holidays. Overall, the increase in RWB attendence from 550
just one year ago to 1,000 now is a clear reflection of the
growth the party is enjoying. Careful counts at different
points in the weekend showed that 800 people were present
at the highpoint of the Saturday evening, and again for Nick
Griffin's keynote speech on the Sunday afternoon.
Speakers old and new
After the first day of the RWB Fair - complete
yet again with excellent regional displays and a variety of
sidestalls, Saturday afternoon saw a political meeting featuring
mainly regional officials and several recent but very articulate
recruits. Enthusiastically chaired by Wiltshire organiser
Robert Baggs, this was addressed by nearly a dozen excellent
speakers, including Excalibur Promotions boss Chris Beverly,
YBNP leader Mark Collett, Black Country organiser John Salvage,
Merseyside organiser Joe Owens and B&Q 'martyr' Kevin
During this event, several of the ladies
and older girls, headed by Susie from Dewsbury, ran a very
successul Children's Party in another marquee, complete with
traditional favourites such as Pass The Parcel as well as
the judging of the Patriotic Teddy Bears' Competition.
The Saturday evening entertainment was
enjoyed by a lively crowd that totalled 800 at its maximum.
Once again the children's play - based this year on the Northumberland
folk tale about the Dun Cow that helped settle the site of
Durham Cathedral - proved a popular start to the evening.
This was followed by a variety of acts: a beautiful Welsh
song from young Rhiannon and her little sister Elen; a piece
of biting anti-Blair political satire from Tom Linden; an
innovative setting of several Kipling poems to elctronic dance
music by 'M.C. Kipling'; and a hastily thrown together folk
act involving popular Northern activist Chris Telford and
none other than Nick Griffin, with Billy and 'Doc' on backing
vocals. Their rendition of the folk classics 'The Black Velvet
Band' and 'Wild Rover' had the whole audience singing along.
More professional entertainment was provided
by Wales BNP stalwart 'Doc Madness' with his fiery roadshow
and unique dare-devil acts including lying on a bed of nails
while a powerfully-built assistant smashed a concrete block
placed on his chest with a sledgehammer! Also giving a good
account of themselves were the two Leeds YBNP activists whose
band 'Vortigern' hope to release a CD before Christmas. The
combination of their own material and several old nationalist
ballad favourites got a deservedly good response.
A spectacular musical firework display
rounded off the first half of the evening's entertainment,
with huge rocket bursts lighting up the entire Ribble Valley
in time to classical music. What a show!
The main entertainment of the evening was
in keeping with established RWB tradition - John from Nemesis
did his usual tight ballad set, getting the appreciative crowd
singing along with his message of hope, pride and passion.
Last, but absolutely not least, Stigger displayed the talents
as a song-writer, singer, guitarist and crowd-worker that
make him the undisputed king of the British patriotic ballad
scene. Not only did the audience join in singing, but he even
had people dancing in the grassy space between the rows of
tiered seating and the stage.
Adding to the warm, family atmosphere of the whole event were
two particularly welcome announcements: one that the evening
was also doubling up as a Stag Night for Wakefield organiser
Graham Hardy, the second that joint Bristol organisers Clive
and Michaela - who met through their involvement in the party
and were both in the audience - are getting married. Once
again, Saturday evening at the Red-White-and-Blue will be
a time that many people will never forget.
Sports, fun and
Sunday saw the second day of stalls out
for the RWB fair, and a return of children's favourites such
as face-painting and the bouncy castles. Older 'children'
- including a team of highly competitive Scots - moved down
to a lower field for a knock-out paintball tournament organised
by the YBNP. This gripping sport proved very much more popular
than a proposed football competition, which it's now pretty
clear needs to be organised separately from the RWB, because
there just isn't time for the two things at the same time.
The main political event on the Sunday was hosted by BNP Deputy
Chairman Scott McLean, who introduced various speakers who
had done particularly well in May's council elections. The
cheers and applause in the Big Top echoed over the beautiful
surrounding countryside as Jason Douglas from London, Simon
Darby from Dudley, John Martin from Sunderland and Mick Treacy
from Oldham all got up on stage to remind the crowd of just
how well they had done in the face of bitter and often illegal
The introduction of two of the victorious Burnley councillors,
Terry Grogan and Carol Hughes, saw the crowd's enthusiasm
reach fever-pitch as many saw and heard these brave and historic
figures in person for the first time. Nothing could better
have prepared the way for the final event of the weekend,
the keynote speech by BNP Chairman Nick Griffin, who gave
an impassioned description of what the colours red, white
and blue mean to people like us in the British National Party.
Chairman's keynote speech
The red represents the thirst for social
justice and fair play for working people that the Labour party
has abandoned. The white stands for our determination to keep
Britain fundamentally British and ethnically and culturally
European. The blue represents the traditionalist, pro-family
policies that the Tory party has ditched, again leaving us
to pick up the torch for such ideals.
The standing ovation that came at the end of Mr. Griffin's
speech turned as is now traditional into the communal singing
of Jerusalem. 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. Our hopes soared with them -
the British National Party is on the way up, and the success
of RWB 2002 is the dramatic proof!
Very special thanks to Sharon and
Geoff from Burnley, to Warren and his dedicated team of stewards,
and to the lads from Blackburn, without whom the event could
not have taken place, and also to Mr. Barnes, the farmer who
hosted the event and helped out in so many ways.