Letters and music for Amnesty

Words and photos by Dave Barry 

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Members and supporters of the Scarborough branch of Amnesty International turned out for three events in December.

The first two, part of Amnesty’s Write for Rights campaign, were held at the Friends Meeting House and Bookshelf.

Over a few hours on each occasion, about a dozen people popped in to write letters to prisoners of conscience around the world, classified by the human-rights organisation as individuals at risk.

In return for their time and concern, they received a hot drink and a slice of cake.

At Bookshelf, “a great many cards were written and we enjoyed tea and a delicious Polish cake provided by Wanda [Maciusko]”, said Leslie Stones, who runs the bookshop, at the lower end of Victoria Road.

At the third event, music was played by Mike Gordon on keyboards, Julia Wray on saxophone, Bob Walker on bass and Ben Quilter on drums.

It was at the Market Hall, on the new mezzanine floor, where countless shoppers and cafe customers enjoyed the quartet’s mellifluous jazz.

Rod Heath, Keith Fryirs, Marian Gordon and Leslie Stones of the local branch manned an information stall with details of Amnesty campaigns.