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Procession and event to celebrate Robert Owen

Created on 10/05/2018 @ 13:29
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An event celebrating the what would have been the birthday of social reformer Robert Owen is to take place in Newtown on Saturday.

Organised by the Robert Owen Museum, it will include a procession from the museum at The Cross to the memorial garden where the Robert Owen statue is, before a talk about the social reformer who was born and died in Newtown.

The event is separate to another event organised by the Labour Party, taking place at the same time at St Mary's Churchyard where Owen's tomb is.

Owen, a textile manufacturer, helped establish the Co-Operative movement that led to better working conditions for people in the UK. His mills were basedd in Lanarkshire.

He was born in Newtown in 1771 and died in the town in 1858.

"Celebrate the anniversary of Robert Owen's birthday by joining us at the museum on Saturday, 12 May 2018," said Cllr Sue Newham of the museum.

"A procession will leave the museum at 11am  nd make its way to the Robert Owen Memorial Garden. Once there we will be treated to music by a local musician, with a short presentation about Robert Owen, the impact of whose work is still being recognised today.

"A floral tribute will be laid at the statue and you are then invited to join us for refreshments back at the museum."

Tne event timetable is:
11am Procession leaves the museum
11.10am Music in the Memorial Garden
11.25am Talk about Robert Owen
11.30am Laying floral tribute
11.35am Return to the museum

Photo: The Robert Owen statue in the memorial garden

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