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Veteran Lays Wreath at Chesterfield Remembrance Service

Veteran Lays Wreath at Chesterfield Remembrance Service

Charles Smith MBE, aged 90 and a blind veteran of WW2, laid a wreath on behalf of the Chesterfield Labour Party at the Remembrance Day parade in the town on November 11th. He was guided by Councillor John Burrows.
 
Charles has been a member of the Labour Party for 75 years. Despite being born into a predominantly Tory supporting family, he became interested in Socialism in his teenage years and has been working in a voluntary capacity for the party ever since.
 
Charles has carried out many voluntary community service roles, from distributing gas masks before the outbreak of WW2, to working on Patients Forums for the NHS well into his eighties, until his blindness became too much of an obstacle. Throughout his career as a manager for the Dept of Employment, he was constantly an active trade unionist, receiving honorary life membership of the Society of Civil and Public Servants.
 
Recently, during the last Labour Party leadership campaign, Charles had lunch with David Milliband. David later mentioned this during one of his campaign speeches, saying “When Charles Smith told me that he had shaken hands with only one Labour leader George Lansbury, and that he was still fighting for working people today, I knew that nothing could break the spirit of the Labour Party.

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