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 The Mayor of Bridport 
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The Mayor of Bridport, Dave Rickard, is one half (the guitar-playing, string, half) of String Whistle, who played a very nice set at my local watering hole The Man of Kent Ale House. On several numbers, they were augmented by Dave's wife (Mayoress of Bridport) who provided some really nice harmonies. You shouldn't really stereotype anyone, but you don't generally expect a mayor and mayoress to be gigging on the side! And he doesn't come across as the sort of guy who would want to climb greasy poles- too nice for that!

Anyway, the point is, that Dave Rickard was recently in the news for banning prayers from Council meetings. :D Caused a bit of rumpus! Well done Dave!

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December 8th, 2011, 4:01 pm

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Fair play to him!
I lived in Bridport for a while. Didn't strike me a a hub of political radicalism, but there y'go!

December 8th, 2011, 9:34 pm
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Sounds like the sort of guy who would strike a chord with humanists.

December 10th, 2011, 8:34 am
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jaywhat wrote:
Sounds like the sort of guy who would strike a chord with humanists.

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December 10th, 2011, 11:38 am
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I loved the comments following the article that Nick linked to. One of them summed up my thoughts...

I was very surprised and disturbed to learn that prayers (or other religious practices) are carried out during town council meetings. What has religion got to do with (local) politics? I call for a distinct separation of the two. Has a thought been given to non Christians in the community?

I am also surprised to hear that prayers are carried out at town council meetings. Does this happen in other parts of Britain? If prayers are read out in local town councils, does the same thing happen in courts of law, and other publicly funded places? I will be writing to my own local council to ask if this occurs here in Birmingham.

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December 12th, 2011, 12:44 pm
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