Congratulations to Mr. Zdenek
Kabrna, night shift weaver at S & N Textiles in Brierfield, who was
elected for Brierfield's South Ward at the recent municipal
elections. Mr. Kabrna who has been a member of the Labour Party for
the past two years, captured his seat from his Conservative opponent by
only 29 votes, and he says that only three times in the past 40 years has
South Ward returned a Labour Councillor.
He attributes his success
partly to the hard work and determination of the Labour Party Ward
members, and partly to 'people being fed up with the present government in
Mr Kabrna is a Czech by birth.
He was following Political & Social Studies at High School in Prague
until 1948 when the Communists took over, and he felt he had no
alternative but to leave the country. He is now a naturalized
British subject, married to an English girl, and they have two sons, Paul
aged 11 and Peter aged 2.
It is not Politics, however, but table tennis for which Mr. Kabrna is best
known at Brierfield. He was the Czech Junior Champion for three
years running, and has played for Czechoslovakia in most of the capitals
of Europe - including Moscow. He was also North Lancashire Champion,
and six times Nelson & District Champion, before retiring four years
ago when he joined S & N on the night shift.
He also played ice hockey,
soccer and basketball, and now lawn tennis when he can find the
time. He has won the Sir Aitken Cup - for tennis - three times in
Now Mr Kabrna has taken a heavy load of work and responsibility with his
Council duties, we wish him all success, and hope he manages to find some
time to relax playing tennis and - his other great hobby - listening to