The evening was MC'd by Roger Philips.
Roger was provided with a list of possible speakers and performers and he chose the running order reacting to who was available and how the evening was progressing.
The venue was The Black-E's Main Space.
Left Roger at work
The Set Up
Above entry was through the dome doors where guests arriving could pick up a leaflet and view pictures of Ed. The final picture above was a work commissioned by Jimmy Cullen and created by ceramicist Lynne Mason at Lark Lane Community Centre
Above the main space set up for the event decorated with giant flowers and lanterns.
Above from the left John Flamson OBE; Cllr Paulette Lappin and Seana Roberts
Above from the top left Wendy Harpe, George Howarth MP; Steve Al-Hadi Smith; Karen Wynne singing Zed Cars shanty and reciting Tommy Calderbank's poem 'Ed's EGM' (which is printed at the end of this page) - finally two photos of Ed's twin sister Patricia Carson
Above Bill invites the audience to join him in a dance for Ed. Namron was first up but as can be seen from the photos above a large percentage of the audience joined him including Alex Bennett, Patricia Carson; Paulette Lappin and Val Elson
Above Charles Tsang leading Nick Liu and Betty Cummings in Tai Chi. Below the youngsters from the Black-E performing.
Above the stage set for the performance, Anais Paul arriving on stage. Below from the left Raspberry Yow-Fairs, Ezra Walker, and Isla Davies-Wright.
Above coming to the end of the performance in order from the left Taikias Weaver, Tarisha Blissett, Ezra Walker, Isla Davies-Wright, Raspberry Yow-Fairs, and Kadisha Wade .
Above left Sue Eyo singing and above and left below Ewan Roberts speaking, playing on his little red ukulele and getting the audience to join in the singing.
Above and left Company of Friends performing part of 'Nothing To Be Done' written by the Company's Director, Paul Goetzee. The play, in terms of style, pays homage to Samuel Beckett.
The Performers from the top 1) George Goetzee, John Rand and Laura Whitehead. 2) John Rand & Laura Whithead. 3) Anne Shepherd, George Goetzee and John Rand.
Below Black-E youngsters showing off their circus and gymnastic skills.
Above from the left top row 1) Olivia Sephton, Anais Paul, and Ezra Walker 2) Anais Paul on tightrope, 3) Anais Paul assisting Taikais Weaver. 4) Tarisha Blissett.
Above left people socialising, above right Jimmy Cullen with Bill Harpe and Sue Eyo in the background
Left Mandy Maloney with Caroline and Anthony Madume, middle Jude Wilde and Bill Cox, right Seana and Ewan Roberts.
Below left Mamadou Diallo with Lynn Wallace; middle Sandy Priestly with Prof. Richard Meegan, Agnes Meers (Ed's sister) and George Howarth.
Ewan Roberts and Anthony Madume with Martin Ralph in the back ground; unknown ; Gill Moglione with friend.
Elias Aldada with giant yellow flower! Sigita Burbulyte and David Cohen, John Rand from Company of Friends and Petronelle Moanda from the Congolese Association of Merseyside. Petronelle and the Association provided the Congolese food and contributed to the cost of the buffet.
Above left Mandy Maloney with Roger Morris OBE and right David Cohen and Tommy Calderbank
Guests at the start and at the end of the evening
And Then the Surprise
Mandy Maloney presented a print of a famous photograph of young people climbing over the Blackie. This was taken by Neil Libbert in the 70s and printed in the Observer. People at the Blackie only came across this recently when it was reprinted in the Observer. Mandy had not only managed to get a copy of the photograph but also a photo of Bill taken at the same time. A very appropriate gift to the Black-E as it approaches its 50th year.
Above the photographs being presented to the Black-E. Below Tom Calderbank's poem
It was an extraordinary meeting, that extraordinary day
It was on the Twelfth of Never, when we seemed to find a way,
To do the impossible and in spite of the weather,
Every single soul round the globe came together
Overcoming barriers of time and space
This was the EGM of the entire Human Race
When everyone in the world sat down without fear
To decide as a species where we go from here
Yes, all of us, too numerous to mention
We shut up just for once and paid close attention
To the Chair of the meeting when he walked in the hall
At the top of the hill in Tocky Town Hall
The meeting to end all meetings had to go to plan,
It needed someone to lead it,
A once-in-a-lifetime sort of man
So it was chaired by Edward Murphy
As EFC as you can be,
In his pocket, with his cheroots, sat his OBE.
Well he was radical and credible, nicest guy you ever met,
An educated man of the people, an all round clever get.
A paradox with a purpose, not one to admit defeat
A beacon of light in darkness, a scholar of the street
He didn't need a passport to pass through any border
Adjusting glasses, he cleared his throat, the meeting came to order.
Now, what happened at that meeting has never been explained
But thanks to Chairman Murphy, paradise was regained
By the time it ended, there was no further need for war
And the principle was declared: "WE STAND BY THE POOR".
He sorted out the buffet, so everyone got a share,
Readministered the world so everything was fair,
Abolished rank and privilege, getting shot of greed
Rebalanced the finances to each according to his need
Got rid of all the weapons, then - and here's the rub -
Under Any Other Business he said: "Let's all go the pub".
Nobody forgot the day of Edward's EGM
Or Ed himself, the likes of whom we'll NEVER see again.
With Love and Respect Always
The photos on this page were taken by Margaret McAdam, David Cohen, and Mandy Maloney and copyright resides with them.
If you would like to check out Bill Harpe's Obituary of Ed and photographs of his life at the Blackie click here.