A throng of the good and great from the human rights world gathered to celebrate the 85th birthday of Bruce Kent. Among the assembled throng were former Unison general secretary Rodney Bickerstaff and former Guardian foreign editor Victoria Brittain. The veteran campaigner, who recently completed a walk across the country in protest against Trident, admitted to failing hearing after all these years. Bruce told how he remarked to his wife Valerie Flessati how rude a man had been saying Bruce Kent your getting obese, when it turned out he had said Bruce Kent it is good to see you are still working for peace. Another, remarked on knowing him when he was someone important. The old ones are the best ones as they say.
*Guardian diary - 24/6/2014