Burnley celebrates annual May Day Festival

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Burnley’s annual May Day festival – held every year since the bank holiday was established in 1978 – again took place with a parade and political speeches.

The festival at Towneley Park featured speeches from Ivan Lewis, Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, Coun. Julie Cooper, leader of the Labour Group on Burnley Council, and John Hobson from the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.

May Day Parade. Photo Ben Parsons

May Day Parade. Photo Ben Parsons

The day started with a parade from Burnley Town Hall led by the Red Rose brass band and featuring trade union and charity banners.

Former Burnley Labour MPs Kitty Ussher and Peter Pike also attended.

Coun Cooper took the opportunity to criticise the Government spending cuts. She said: “It is great to see so many people here and to see Labour alive and well in Burnley. Voters feel betrayed by the Con-Dem government and our MP’s role in that. This year Burnley Council had its spending power cut by a whopping 28% meanwhile more affluent councils escaped with smaller cuts. There is nothing fair about these cuts.”