‘Poems And Pints’ night was the highlight of this year’s Byron Festival

A COUPLE of weeks ago, I decided to attend the ‘Poems And Pints’ event held at the John Godber Centre in Hucknall, as part of the International Byron Festival, along with three other Hucknall Labour district councillors.

The event was organised voluntarily by local poet Carl Chamberlain, and admission was free of charge. The event took place to a good crowd of 60 to 80 people.

Among other acts, Max and the Broomhill String Band provided great folk/blues music that had everybody’s feet tapping. Poems were recited by a Derbyshire poet and even Denis Robinson chipped in with a poem he wrote many years ago. With the drinks flowing, the event passed off as a huge success and the evening was thoroughly entertaining.

As a community, we should help, encourage and support local events like the Byron Festival and keep it alive. For me, the ‘Poems And Pints’ night was the highlight of the festival.

On behalf of the Hucknall branch of the Labour Party, I would like to thank Carl Chamberlain and Ken Purslow for a brilliant Byron Festival this year. May it become a key event on the Hucknall calendar for many more years to come.


Ashfield District Council,