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SNP councillor and parliamentary candidate for Paisley, Cllr George Adam, led the tributes at the annual 1820 Society commemoration to the leaders of the 1820 Insurrection at the Martyrs Monument in Woodside Cemetery on Saturday 14th August 2010.

Every year the 1820 Society hold a commemoration to the leaders of the 1820 Insurrection – John Baird, Andrew Hardie and James Wilson; and remember the sacrifices that these men, and many others, gave in standing up for the rights of ordinary working people to give them an equal voice in society. The state execution of Baird, Hardie and Wilson did nothing to extinguish the demands of the working class in Scotland.

The proceedings were overseen by the Ian Ramsay of the 1820 Society and included speeches John McNaughton of Paisley and District Trade Union Council with Mags MacLaren, Convenor of Paisley SNP, laying the wreath at the monument.

Cllr George Adam said;

“In looking forward to a fairer, modern Scotland we must not forget the struggles of the past and especially the courage of ordinary working people such as Baird, Hardie and Wilson who gave their lives for the cause that they believed in.

“As a long term member of the 1820 Society I was honoured to give the speech welcoming members and supporters of the 1820 Society to this year’s commemoration and was delighted by the turnout including many members of Paisley SNP, including Cllr Kenny MacLaren the only local ward councillor for the area who attended the event.

“Paisley has a history of radical politics and come the Scottish Parliament election in May 2011 this can be repeated by a victory for the SNP over the stale, incoherent and stifling policies promoted by Labour. Only the SNP have been pushing a positive vision for Paisley –and I am proud to be a Paisley Buddie standing up for my local town.

“Despite Labour’s recession and the Coalition’s cutbacks, the SNP are leading the regeneration in Paisley with investment in new and improved facilities such as the Lagoon, improving council housing and pushing for town centre improvements such as the redevelopment of the Arnotts building.”