An impressive £900.36 was raised for the Morning Star’s “Summer of Heroes” funding appeal at a barbecue in Taunton on 16 August organised by Somerset CPB branch.

Thirty-three people attended. Guest of honour was the paper’s Acting Editor, Ben Chacko, who made a speech and mixed informally with guests.

Local reader “Pete the Poet” Stevenson performed, with gusto and audience participation, his new poem, ending:

“So as we face our current challenges
Of austerity, war and greed
We look to the Tolpuddle Martyrs
In our hour of need.”

This looks like becoming an annual event.