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A Day in History

31 Oct / 1 Nov

Marking the historic day of leaving the European Union

Britain is now likely to leave the European Union on 31 October 2019. Together we want to mark this historic day, by planting a weeping willow on the banks of the river Deveron. The Weeping Willow tree, proposed by artist Clemens Wilhelm, is known to be a symbol of sorrow and loss for some, healing and rebirth for others.

Looking towards the future, we want to bring everybody together: young and mature, local and unfamiliar, poor or wealthy. No matter which side we take in the political Brexit scuffle, we want to gather under the branches of this new member of our community. A circular larch bench, skilfully made by local wood craftsperson David Whitehead, has been sited at the shore of the Deveron since the originally proposed Brexit date on 29th of March 2019. We hope the tree will become a new meeting place for all. To do this we are looking for planters from different persuasions.

As well as the date now set for Brexit, 31 October is also Samhain, the ancient festival that marks the beginning of a new year in the traditional Celtic calendar. After planting the tree at sunset, we continue with music to see us into a new era in our relationship with Europe and the rest of our communities.
The next morning we will hold a Last Brexfast discussing What is Democracy?

Thursday 31 Oct* from 6pm - Marking the Day
Parade from Huntly Town Square to the river Deveron, tree planting with
Richard Demarco, music and bonfire.
Bring a mask and a cup for the juices from the cauldron.


Friday 1 Nov 10am - The Last Brexfast: What is Democracy?
Brexfast discussion with Prof Alison Phibbs, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration, University of Glasgow; artist Samson Kambalu, University of Oxford (Ruskin College); Francis McKee, CCA; Manick Govinda, co-founder of Brexit Creatives.
Strong and stable tea and butteries provided (sorry, probably no more croissants at this stage). 
Lunch and walk to White Wood afterwards. 
Venue: former Square Deal, The Square. Booking essential!

Travelling to Huntly and staying overnight? Huntly Accommodation and travel (phone us for recommendations)

* Important Notice: The planting will only take place on the Brexit day. Please keep an eye on the media for any further information released from the UK government. Parade and Brexfast will happen in any case.
Photo credit:  Derek Coull

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