The great grand-daughter of the founder of the Labour Party is to address a special meeting of the newly formed Keir Hardie Society next week in Cumnock.
The Society was set up last year to keep alive the ideas and promote the life and work of Keir Hardie.
Dolores May Arias will speak at a meeting at the Dumfries Arms in Glaisnock Street at 7 pm on Wednesday 17th August.
Dolores lives in Rhode Island in the United States of America and is visiting Scotland with her husband Max and daughter Selena. She will give a presentation of family memories, unseen photographs and mementoes. During their visit they also plan to visit the Keir Hardie exhibition at the Baird Institute, and the former family home, Lochnorris in Cumnock.
Secretary of the Keir Hardie Society Richard Leonard said
“We are honoured that Dolores is coming along to share her family memories and history with us. And we can announce today that Dolores has agreed to be co-Honorary President of the Society along with Tony Benn. (Dolores got in touch with us after reading about the Society’s formation in the Cumnock Chronicle)
Next week’s meeting in Cumnock is open to anyone who is interested in the aims of the Society.
“The arrival of Keir Hardie’s only great grand child and the formation of the Society are timely. Now more than ever the Labour Party needs to remember why it came into existence and what its purpose is. Throughout his life Keir Hardie remained a visionary dedicated to the creation of a socialist society with Labour as an independent working class party based on the trade unions as the vehicle for achieving it. Today’s Labour leaders should remember that.