Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Honour for Hero

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Honour for Hero

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Byline: By Peter Young

He was one of our great working-class heroes, born into hardship in the Victorian era and worked down the pit as a boy.

But William Straker rose to become one of the most influential figures in the Northumberland Miners' Union and was in the forefront of the battle to improve living conditions for working people.

He died in 1941, aged 86, but there is no permanent memorial to him ( and his family have now won their battle for a reminder of his many achievements.

He was a great advocate of social reform, a staunch Methodist, a teetotaller, and a great lover of poetry. Involved in education, religious and welfare work, he was connected with the trade union movement for 60 years before he retired in 1935 at 80.

Newcastle councillors have now agreed to put up a plaque in his memory outside Burt Hall, former headquarters of the Northumberland Miners' Association, now part of Northumbria University, where he worked as general secretary. …

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