Out there on YouTube- Bill Speck and Paul Myles with the Bald Explorer on Thomas Pain in Lewes, on this link The recent Thomas Paine Birthday celebration dinner at Thetford was a great event see the link The Most Valuable Englishman EVER! see this famous documentary by Kenneth Griffith here
Also a report from Bill Speck on another celebration dinner in Leeds at which in excess of 40 attended:
" The Ford - Maguire Society held a dinner at Fairuz's Lebanese restaurant in Leeds on Thursday 29 January to celebrate Tom Paine's birthday. Over forty people attended, including Paul Myles, acting chairman of the Thomas Paine Society, who proposed a toast, one of several to Paine's memory during the course of a very convivial evening."
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The society came into being as a direct consequence of the controversy in Thetford, Paine's birthplace, in 1963 following the offer of a statue of the town’s most famous citizen.
The Society’s objectives are:
“To promote the recognition of Thomas Paine’s contribution to the cause of freedom, and to spread a knowledge of his work and activities with a view to encouraging the growth of a similar spirit of constructive criticism in every aspect of public life”