Rick Sumner, 1933-2021

Submitted by AWL on 18 May, 2021 - 5:54 Author: John Cunningham
Rick Sumner

Sadly, Rick Sumner of the National Justice for Mineworkers Campaign has died. Once a miner at Shuttle Eye Colliery in West Yorkshire, in the aftermath of the 1984-5 strike he, along with his wife, Christine, organised the Justice campaign to help the many miners who were victimised and unable to find work. I met him a few times at various functions such as the Chesterfield May Day Rally and the Durham Miners’ Gala, where he was a regular presence with his stall of miners’ memorabilia and publications. A few years ago he stood down and the work of the campaign is being continued by others. Hardworking, cheerful, always finding time for a friendly chat, he will be sorely missed. A full tribute to Rick can be found on the National Justice for Mineworkers’ Campaign website.

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