Joan Jordan, ASTMS, writes of Les Shears.
I moved to
I was immediately impressed with his drive and enthusiasm for the
Over these early years we were to see the Union membership in
Annual Union outings were arranged each year. What a fine sight it was to see anything from 25 to 30 coaches leaving from all parts of Dorset, whether to visit
I can well imagine the pride that Les must have felt at seeing so many hundreds of members and their families coming together on such occasions. This feeling can only come about if one is involved in Trade Union activity such as Les was.
Les had many commitments in the
Les was highly respected by everyone that he came in contact with, even those that did not agree with his views always.
It was indeed a pleasure to have been one of his friends.
In 1956 Les Shears had already held office in the NAWU at Winterbourne Kingston 21 years Chairman, 6 years branch secretary and as Blandford District Committee Chairman 15 years and Dorset NAWU Committee for 13 years