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NELH Tuesday Meeting: Tony Fox will talk about Phyllis Short, lifelong Teesside Communist

22 August 2023 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Behind every great man there’s a great woman, or so goes the old adage. Phyllis Short was the wife of George Short, the Communist Party District Secretary for Teesside, but simply saying this disguises the campaigns for social justice that she herself led.

Born into the mining community of Chopwell, when they moved to Stockton in 1931 they began a lifetime’s campaign to improve the lives of people on Teesside and beyond. This talk will describe Phyllis’ eventful life, highlighting the ways she fought against injustice locally, nationally and internationally during the most turbulent period of the 20th Century. Her friends and family remember her as a working-class hero, who faced down all enemies to champion a better and fairer society, this talk aims to show why she should be remembered by a much wider audience.

Tony Fox, a history teacher, chaired the Durham Branch of the Historical Association for fifteen years. Author of I sing of My comrades: remembering Stockton’s International Brigaders, he is a member of the International Brigade Memorial Trust and has published a number of articles on International Brigade volunteers and memorials. This latest talk is the result of recent research and collaboration with the family of George and Phyllis Short.

Here’s the link:

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Meeting ID: 850 7285 8100

Passcode: 447195


22 August 2023
19:00 - 20:30


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