A Life of Celebration
Gary Fabian pays tribute to Frank cave, Vice President of the National Union of Miners (NUM) and friend of
FRANK died at the young age of 59. Frank's life is a "life of celebration". As a young man he played cricket for
Like all members of the NUM, Frank began his life on the coal face. A young miner full of the desire to create change, both in the mining industry and in society.
Change for his members, change for workers nationally and internationally. Frank played a prominent role during the 1984/85 miners strike.
He became the Yorkshire President in 1982 and was subsequently elected as assistant General Secretary in 1990. Frank also served on the
Frank was truly an international socialist. Indeed it was on the international platform that I first met Frank. In 1996 the first world conference for Cuban Solidarity
took place in
The delegation was led by Ken Gill Chair of Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) and supported by many trade unionists, political activists and an MEP. To say that the trip to
Following a confrontation with the airline our party were finally given seats of a plane to
As good trade unionists and socialists we demanded accommodation in a manner and style to which we were accustomed. The Hilton Hotel no less ! The airline company acceded accustomed to our request and we settled in for the night.
The next morning our thoughts turned to how exactly, could we get to
Skilfully working our way to the meeting room we burst in the door and Frank shouted at the top of his voice:" We demand a plane to
Frank's determination to get to