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Hello all,

Apologies for any cross posting – this information has gone out very widely but I wanted to make sure that any of you who knew Dave through his work with Stand up to Racism in Barnsley are kept informed.

Many of you are probably aware that Dave, who had been battling cancer for several months, died suddenly about 10 days ago.  Dave was secretary of Barnsley Trades Council and a lifelong campaigner against racism and injustice and for a society where everyone can live together in solidarity and peace.  He was very active in our SUTR group and spoke at many of our rallies and meetings.

Dave’s funeral will be at Barnsley Crematorium, Ardsley at 10.50 till 12 next Thursday August 3rd. There will be an memorial celebration at the Civic from 12.30 till 5.

Dave’s partner Kate and her daughter Christie have requested no flowers. Dave was single minded in opposing racism and made sure that ran through every campaign he was involved in. Because of that it is requested that any donations should be made to Stand Up To Racism. If people want to post cheques they should be made payable to Stand Up To Racism and can be posted to SUTR, PO Box 72710, London SW19 9GX.

There will also be a box to accept donations at the memorial celebration in the Civic.

Kate would like people to attend the crematorium and the Civic in whatever clothes they feel mark the occasion whether that is trade union or campaign t-shirts or casual wear or whatever.

The memorial celebration will be in the main auditorium at the Civic, Barnsley where tables and chairs will be set out. For those not sure the main entrance is via Mandela Gardens, off Regent Street.

Dave was someone who did not like cucumber sandwiches etc so the buffet will be a selection of snacks. If anyone would like to bring something along to add to the buffet please let Christie know in advance by emailing her on christie.burlandupton@gmail. com

The Civic bar will be open (you have to buy your own drinks!)

The memorial celebration will be informal. There will be an open mike and people will be welcome to come up speak about their memories of Dave or, if that will be too emotional, bring a written piece that can be read out for you. In between, some of Dave’s favourite music will be played while everyone has a chance to mingle and talk. There will also be a display of photos showing Dave’s trade union and political campaigning. If you can only come for part of the time please do that.

If you cannot come to the funeral, you can send messages to Kate by email to: davegibsontribute@gmail.com

These can be read out or added to the memorial book which will be at the Civic event.

I hope some of you will be able to join the celebration of Dave’s life and work on Thursday.

In solidarity,

Fran Postlethwaite