FRANK YARDLEY, a longstanding socialist and trade union activist, died aged 80 on 4 November after a long illness. He was a member of the MSF union and a delegate to Middlesbrough Trades Council. Frank remained a committed Christian, but became a Marxist, joining the Independent Labour Party in the 1930s. He joined the International Socialists, the forerunner of the Socialist Workers party, in 1972. He remained a member of the party until it became impossible for him to do any further activity.
Our lasting memory of Frank is when a previous mayor of Middlesbrough wanted a group of us ejected from the town hall. Frank politely told him what he could do with his mayoral chain of office. We extend our sympathies to Frank's wife, Norah, and to Anne, Jonathon, Eddie and the family.