Burnley Catenians celebrate centenary

The Burnley Circle of the Catenian Association celebrated their Centenary at a banquet at Turf Moor.

Some of the Circle and guests
Some of the Circle and guests

The 136 guests travelled from as far away as Southampton, Ascot and West Lothian. Principal guests were the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley, Coun. Mark Townsend and Kerry Townsend, and the Catenians GB National President David Arundale and his wife Maureen.

Burnley Circle president, Jim Livesey, said: “This event has been more than two years in the making. Our Centenary was actually November 2020 but, like many organisations, we had to postpone our celebrations until Covid regulations permitted a large gathering.

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“As a mark of respect for the Founding Brothers of this Circle, all the tables have the names of former Circle Presidents from 1920 onwards, and the years they served.

“Over the years, Burnley Circle has held monthly meetings at a number of venues in Burnley, Nelson and Simonstone to name but a few before finally ending up here at the home Burnley Football Club, where we are very well looked after.”

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    Diners at the event also made donations to the President’s Charity and the Mayor of Burnley’s Charity appeal.

    The Catenian Association is a network of Catholic men who meet regularly to enjoy each other’s company and to help and support each other throughout the world.

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    Founded in Manchester in 1908, Catenians can now be found in many countries and today are active throughout the UK, Ireland, Australia, Malta, India, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nazareth.