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Brian Smedley

Brian Smedley was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1958 to a Northern Irish father of Scottish descent, and an English mother, brought up in Wales and adopted by Yorkshire parents who moved him to Bridgwater in Somerset - where he eventually settled down.

A leading part of the Bridgwater punk rock scene in 1977 with his band the Dangerous Brothers, for which he was the principle song writer, he went on to found the Sheep Worrying organisation which produced an alternative magazine, of which he was the editor and ran a theatre company, for which he wrote, directed and acted in numerous plays and musicals during the 1980's.

It was during this period that he discovered Bridgwater's historical links with Czechoslovakia through the Vernon Bartlett election of 1938, about which he wrote a book, a play and a web site www.vernonbartlett.co.uk.

In 1989 his daughter Cathy was born on the night of the Velvet Revolution and in 1990 he was elected to the Sedgemoor District Council of which he has been a member ever since.

In 1991 he formed the Bridgwater Czech-Slovak Friendship Society which led in 2002 to the creation of Bridgwater International.

Brian is the Leader of Bridgwater Town Council and  Leader of the opposition Labour Group on Sedgemoor District Council, where he is also the Chairman of the Corporate Scrutiny Committee.

A member of  UNITE the Union  Brian is a  delegate to the Bridgwater Trades Union Council .

He lives in Bridgwater and supports Leeds United.

Visit Brian's personal blog redsmed.blogspot.co.uk