Sometimes it is only when we lose someone that we appreciate the size of the space that they have occupied. Nigel Todd, who has died unexpectedly on 26 March, was primarily a community activist but his interests were wide ranging: Greening Wingrove, the Bike Garden, tackling climate change and food poverty, fighting racism and fascism, his forty years as a Labour member of the City Council, producing three books as well as articles for our own Journal, his long-term commitment to the co-operative movement and the Workers Educational Association, and his championing of life-long learning and helping to bring about the women’s access course. For him, the struggle for socialism whilst working tirelessly and effectively to enrich the lives of the people around him in Newcastle’s West end were all part of the larger whole. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his family and friends.
See also these tributes from:
Keith Hodgson, North East WEA Regional Chair
Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor
The Co-operative Heritage Trust
Workers Educational Association: WEA
Greening Wingrove and Arthur’s Hill
Joan Allen, The Society for the Study of Labour History
Chi Onwurah MP (Facebook)
For two of Nigel’s many contributions to North East History, see:
-Workers’ Education: centenary reflections, North East History Volume 50 and scroll to page 137
-Blitheringly Fantabulous. Ruskin College 1967-69, North East History Volume 47 and scroll to page 143
The North East Labour History Society will mark Nigel’s life and work with a number of appreciations which will appear soon.