Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We've Always Provided Arms

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We've Always Provided Arms

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THE sponsorship, now withdrawn, of the Great Exhibition of the North offered by BAe Systems, a major northern manufacturer and employer of thousands of local people, had, when it became widely known, excited concern amongst some luminaries labouring in arcane artistic endeavours.

They were anxious to maintain personal moral purity, and disgusted that a major exposition of northern creativity should be sullied by support from organisations that engage in manufacture of weapons.

Let's be clear, the North East and the North in general has always been a leader in these activities. To deny or reject that reality is posturing and ignores the purpose of the exhibition.

It is not devoted purely to the creative arts of the kind we are to be treated to from June to September.

As the booklet issued at the launch event on February 27 states: "The exhibition is a three-month celebration of the North's pioneering spirit and the impact of our inventors, artists and designers. …

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