The event was organised by Somerset CPB branch on behalf of the District Committee. Jean Turner, of the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies, gave an illustrated talk on the revolution and its origins, describing it as an inevitable outcome of Russian history.

Jean Turner giving a talk

Liz Payne, Chair of the Somerset branch and CPB National Women's Organiser, spoke on some of the problems of Soviet development and the downfall of socialism in the USSR, saying that the revolution had left a "permanent, fantastic legacy". The debate continued long after the buffet meal.

A section of the audience