The late 1970s were not the easiest of times for socialists and trade union activists.
But some of my best memories are of big picket lines with young civil service workers who seemed to have boundless energy and a willingness to strike.
Nick Wyatt was an SWP member and civil service activist through those difficult days.
Whenever there were strikes, he would be there on the picket line surrounded by fellow strikers. He was full of quiet confidence and plenty of humour.
Nick was a lovely guy with an ability to listen and respond to the different debates and arguments going on in his work or in his local SWP branch.
He decided to start a new life in acting.
Among many projects, he worked with the Harrogate Theatre devising plays in schools. Nick also played the role of Ronnie Savage in the TV series Heartbeat.
Opportunities in community theatre fell away with constant government funding cuts and he then worked in the NHS where he ended up being a union rep again for a couple of years.
Nick was lucky to share his life with Jude Francis. They had two children, Isaac and Ella.
Sadly Nick died earlier this year, leaving a huge hole in Jude’s life and in the lives of his children.
But he leaves a fund of happy memories and a large group of friends to support Jude, Isaac and Ella.