Last week Carlisle Socialist Party hosted an Alternative Burns night in the Milbourne Arms.
As Brent Kennedy summed up in the Immortal Memory toast "this will definitely not be the tired, old, conservative ritual of Burns' Nights but will be another free and easy drink, laugh and scran that Burns himself would have enjoyed. The stuffy British establishment has always felt uncomfortable with this farm labourer and genius who showed up their own mediocrity. And he stepped on their toes big time, opposing their profitable slavery, bigotry and racism, especially when he supported the Rights of Man and the French and American Revolutions. All the more reason to celebrate."
Music was provided by Johnny Foster of Hardwike Circus, John Chambers and The Now and Again Band with individuals reading poems. Around forty people turned out in total in what was generally regarded as a good night out. All proceeds went to the Socialist Party fighting fund.