LORD Byron was a man of passion — and not just in his love affairs.
So said Hucknall’s rector, the Rev Kathryn Herrod, in an address at the annual service in the town’s parish church to mark the anniversary of the poet’s death.
She added: “Byron showed enthusiasm, zeal and a desire to make his mark in the world — not least by helping the Greek people in their fight for independence from the Turks. He wanted to play what part he could to make a difference and use his influence to improve the lot of someone else. He felt passionate about helping the underdog.”
During the service, wreaths were laid on Byron’s tomb by David Herbert for the Lytton family (who are descendants of the poet), Bunty Cardwell for the Byron family, Joyce Smith for Newstead Abbey Byron Society (NABS), Ann Bamford for the International Byron Society, Trish Davis for Newstead Abbey and Ken Purslow, chairman and secretary of NABS, in memory of prominent Byronists Elma Dangerfield, Lucy Edwards and Maureen Crisp.
This year has marked the 200th anniversary of Byron’s maiden speech in the House Of Lords in defence of the Luddite framework-knitters, some of whom lived and worked in Hucknall and Bulwell.
Mr Herbert read part of the speech, followed by a recital of Byron’s poem, ‘Ode To The Framers Of The Frame Bill’, by Mr Purslow. A reading from the Bible was given by Pearl Hargarve Brown.
The service was preceded by the annual meeting of NABS, held at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street, Hucknall.
Officers re-elected were Mr Purslow as chairman and secretary, Humphrey Lewis and David Green as vice-presidents, Mrs Hargarve Brown as treasurer and Lisa Hopwood as minutes secretary.
Members of NABS also held a ‘Poetry On The Patio’ event at County Hall, West Bridgford, this week.