Keep the name Bathgate Procession and John Newland day festival

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Keep the name Bathgate Procession and John Newland day festival

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Graham Hamilton started this petition to Bathgate Procession day committee

Bathgate Procession and John Newland Festival has been celebrated in Bathgate for 177 years. This festival absolutely does not celebrate slavery or support racism. To the majority of our community John Newland represents education. Yes we acknowledge that the money used to build the Academy was made through Jamaican sugar plantations, but we cannot change the past, we cannot change our history. What we can do is learn from history - we must use education as a vehicle for change. If you believe that education is the best way to fight against racism then please sign this petition. We need to focus on the present and we need to keep Bathgate Procession and John Newland Festival alive. As a side note, we cannot use the term galaday as a galaday involves crowning of a Queen, which is not part of our Procession. Please sign and please share - keep community spirit alive! Support education!

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