“Dear George we’re here to sing to you, In praise of all the work you do, The people’s champion, proud and strong, You’ve served us all for… oh, so long!”
These words, composed and sung (to the tune of The Red Flag, of course) by the Labour Women’s Group, rang out at the Cornhill Centre on Friday in praise of the work of George Parish as a Councillor for Ruscote Ward, Banbury, for more than 20 years.
Presenting the gift of a carriage clock, Cllr Andy Beere praised George as a true socialist, working for the benefit of all the people he represented. Banbury CLP Chair, Henry Goodman, presented George with a Certificate marking his outstanding contribution to the town and Dr Peter Fisher spoke of the extraordinary work done by George as a member of the Keep the Horton Hospital Campaign.
Thanking everyone, George said that it still takes him more than 2 hours to do his shopping – so many people know him and stop him for a chat! George continues his many years of public service as a member of the Town Council.
More than 50 Labour Party members and friends from the Keep the Horton Hospital joined in the celebrations. Party members’ spirits were high following the triumph of the election of Cllr Gordon Ross to replace George and the result of the Corby By-election, as talented members entertained everyone with music and songs and tucked in to the buffet supper.
Thank you, George.