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Byline: Frank Rock

The most remembered thing about the late Henry Ford, apart from his cars, is his remark that 'history is bunk'. To quote it fully, 'History is more or less bunk . . . We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history that we make today.'

Such an attitude is perhaps more prevalent today than when he said it (May 25 1916).

History seems to have receded on school timetables, reflecting the ebbing of traditional beliefs and culture in society as a whole.

Traditions are not bad in themselves - only if they are exclusive, so as to shut out those with different backgrounds, or if they are made bulwarks against change. We are making our own history, but it would be churlish not to recognise our debt to those who have travelled this way before.

Frank Rock, Carrs Lane Church Centre.
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Date:May 25, 2002
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