The funeral of Callum Stanland took place yesterday in his home town of Grimsby. It was very well attended, including by many people Callum knew in the labour and trade union movement. Eight representatives from Unite Community Leeds and many others from Unite were in attendance.
As requested by Callum’s family, friends holding trade union banners formed a guard of honour along the path leading up to the crematorium.
Photographs of the funeral are available on the website of the Grimsby Telegraph.
Unite Community’s regional co-ordinator, John Coan, gave a personal and moving tribute to Callum. Richard Burgon, the Labour MP for Leeds East and a friend of Callum’s, also recognised in his address the enormous contribution made by Callum to the labour and trade union movement during his short life.
The ceremony was overseen by Father Terry Atkinson. The music included the singing of Billy Bragg’s There is Power in the Union and the original version of the Red Flag.
Following the funeral, there was a wake at the Central Hall in Grimsby hosted by Callum’s supportive family. Our thoughts as a branch are very much with his family at the loss of their remarkable son and brother.
Donations can be made in honour of Callum at the website of the Wokers’ Educational Association.
RIP Callum Stanland, aged 22 years. May his memory continue to inspire us.