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It’s Christmas Time Again

30 years since the release of Fairytale
Today it’s been 17 years of remembering Kirsty
It is time once again to raise your glasses and to
her mother Jean who campaigned tirelessly
until she too left us  earlier this year
Let Billy Bragg be your guide
and remember always

 

 

It’s Ed and Anne-Marie for Christmas!

It’s almost time.

We will as is customary be bringing you the best (and perhaps the worst!) of Kirsty-covering YouTube madness from the past year.  A new treat to be enjoyed every day until January.

Here’s the wonderful Anne-Marie with some bloke giving it a shot.  This week sees the original recording hitting its best chart spot for a decade, rising three places to No. 7.

Since you asked … here’s the original unimpeachable version.

 

 

Soho Square 2017

Sunday 8th October 2017

Meet as usual in Soho Square at noon, then an afternoon of the usual malarkey (drink/chat/drink/sing/drink some more etc etc) will follow.  The Spice of Life pub in Soho is all booked and ready for the throng.  Party on!

To quote Karen in the Facebook Kirsty Fan Gang, “We have a few songs a few words a few tears around the bench in Soho Square, then go to a local bar where lovely people sing Kirsty songs. We have a few drinks chat about stuff, have something to eat. It is a really really nice afternoon spent with really nice people who all love Kirsty & her music, highly recommended”

 

Cozumel Bench unveiled to the world

The ceremony took place in Chankanaab beach adventure park in Cozumel at about 17.30 on Thursday 28th July 2017.

Homenaje a Kirsty MacColl
Homenaje a Kirsty MacColl

The under-secretary for tourism in Mexico was there as well as the minister for tourism for Quintana Roo, the region in which you find Cozumel and Cancun. There were also representatives of the governor of Quintana Roo and the British ambassador to Mexico Duncan Taylor and his wife Beatrice. Everyone was very nice.
While the last governor had shown no interest in helping at all the new governor, Carlos Manuel Joaquin Gonzalez, had immediately offered his help when told of Kirsty’s story and it was his help that really got things moving.

The scene was set in the park. A marquee roof (too hot for walls), several rows of chairs, a pa system and a podium and a small stage. The bench was hidden behind curtains.

They played “in these shoes” which sounded just right. A young lady introduced each of the speakers who took it in turn to say a few words. I did my bit which was difficult.

Hamish addresses the gathering
Hamish addresses the gathering

Then I went with the Ambassador and we pulled the cord that drew back the curtains to reveal the bench. The quote and Kirsty’s drawing of a bird are very touching.

Kirsty's Bench in Cozumel
Kirsty’s Bench in Cozumel

All of this took place in a temperature of 39C and 95% humidity.
Mum would have been very happy. She heard that this ceremony was going to happen a week before she died. It was almost as though she was hanging on for this moment.

Well, a thank you to all the fans who have supported the campaign, you kept us going . . . and a thank you to my indomitable mum.

Hamish MacColl

Duncan Taylor, photographed on a bench in Cozumel . . .  will you be next?

When you go ...
When you go …