No Ron is not 50 but he has recently completed 50 years as a councillor for the same area of Southport – Craven Ward now called Norwood Ward.
The man of the moment, Lord Ronnie Fearn of Southport, passes on a little advice last night.
Yes Ronnie has served as MP for Southport and now he is in the House of Lords but it is his remarkable record of continuously serving the people of Southport on Southport Borough Council (until 1974), Merseyside County Council (until Mrs Thatcher abolished it) and Sefton Borough Council from 1974 to date that this posting pays tribute to.
Ronnie Fearn, Shirley Williams, John Pugh & Anette Pugh
Last night a gala dinner was held the Ramada Hotel, Southport to celebrate Ronnie’s remarkable achievement. The room was packed with Liberal friends from across the UK as well as many local people who have worked with Ronnie over the years.
Former BBC and Liverpool Post reporter Jim Hancock debating with Sefton’s Lib Dem Leader Iain Brodie-Browne.
Guest speakers were John Pugh the present Lib Dem MP for Southport and the redoubtable Baroness Shirley Wiliams.
A great night was had all round. Congratulations Ronnie – 50 years a councillor. I am coming up for 30 years and frankly 50 seems like a target I may well not want to hit!
I spent last Thursday evening in the company of a significant number of the Southport Jewish community along with quite a number of other Sefton Councillors, Lord Fearn of Southport and John Pugh the MP for Southport. I attended this event at the invitation of Mike Braham a well known Southport solicitor, Liberal and community activist.
The Council chamber of Southport Town Hall was full for presentations of charitable donations made by Southport AJEX (Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen) to local good causes.
Event attendees in the Council Chamber at Southport Town Hall
We all then retired to the Birkdale Room to see a short film by Clive Myer for the British Film Institute called ‘The Promise’ and a powerful film it is too. I understand the showing was the world premiere. It showed the effects on a modern day family of having an aged person amongst them who had worked at one of the infamous euthanasia clinics (death camps) in Germany during the late 1930’s and early 1940’s when Hitler was removing those deemed not to be acceptable, such as people with disabilities.
Just before the film was shown. On the far side Cllrs. Iain Brodie Browne, Tony Dawson, Fred Weavers and Dr John Pugh, the MP for Southport, are in shot.
The elderly chap in the film played the part of a former worker at the Hadamar Euthanasia Clinic or Death Camp. His daughter was aware of his past but her daughter was not; she just thought that, being a German, he was simply on the wrong side during the IIWW. A powerful short film indeed.
This was followed by a Mick Myer Lecture given by Pauline Collier (an Ainsdale resident) on the Nazi euthanasia clinics and the evil things that were done in the name of trying to create a race where those who were not perfect were simply got rid of. Pauline is a Holocaust Fellow from the Imperial War Museum
A sobering, informative and terrible sad evening which I must say helped me put the troubles of today into a proper context. But it only happened 70+ years ago and there are parallels with events in Syria and probably Sri Lanka today.
If you remember Southport in the 60’s and 70’s take a look at this video from You Tube.
The Old Pier Train, Cream and Red buses, the old fun fare, the outdoor lido, the big wooden dipper – pure Southport nostalgia with a clip of rival North West resort Blackbool popping up right at the end.
I am sure I saw Ronnie (Mr Southport) Fearn somewhere in the background!