Forty Club debate in memory of member

The Forty club held one it's popular debates at Scarborough Library which was on the subject of 'Should Public Transport be Abolished'. Mark Vesey begins his case for the scrapping of public transport.120570b'Picture by Dave Kettlewell. '04/02/2012.
The Forty club held one it's popular debates at Scarborough Library which was on the subject of 'Should Public Transport be Abolished'. Mark Vesey begins his case for the scrapping of public transport.120570b'Picture by Dave Kettlewell. '04/02/2012.
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An historic Scarborough club is hosting a debate on Wednesday night in memory of a popular member who passed away earlier this year.

The Scarborough Forty Club will propose the motion “This house believes that intervention in foreign countries affairs is wrong”.

It will be opposed by a speaker from the Scarborough United Nations Association.

The annual debate between the two organisations is taking place at 7.30pm at the Unitarian Church, Falsgrave, opposite Sainsbury’s.

This year it will be held in memory of Peter Slessor, a member of both clubs and a UN staff member, who passed away this year.

A club spokesman paid tribute to Mr Slessor at the time, saying: “Peter joined the club two years ago and was a strikingly tall man with a beautiful deep Scottish lilt to his accent and a huge repertoire of humorous anecdotes.

“As a young man he went to sea on a trawler and he never forgot his roots. He was able to make from memory fabulous pencil drawings of trawlers at sea.

“He spent most of his life working for the United Nations Development agency promoting trade around the world.

“Even in retirement he was an active member of the Scarborough UNA and brought his warm, compassionate nature to bear.

“Peter was one of life’s great characters and we will always remember him with his flat cap, pipe and glass of red wine in hand.”

On Wednesday, the motion will be debated and then opened up to members of the public to put their points of view and cross examine the speakers.

Chairman for the debate will be the Forty Club President, Mr Geof Jones who will also preside over the final vote, by show of hands, for or against the motion.

Members of the public are welcome to attend, entrance is free and refreshments will be available after the debate at 8.30pm.

The Scarborough Forty Club is in its 113th year of existence and their motto is “we do not all think alike but alike we all agree to think”.

Originally meeting in the Balmoral Hotel in Westborough, membership was limited to 40 gentlemen. The annual subscription in 1901 was 2/-; it is now £15.