Bertie Lewis

Bertie Lewis – CampaignerCome rain or shine..

posted by: 4WardEver UK
published: 6th October 2007
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Come rain or shine, peace campaigner Bertie Lewis was a regular character in Bolton town centre every Saturday. He took up his spot near the charity canopy, wearing his old overcoat and medals and carrying his placard to promote peace. And now his name is to be immortalised on a flagstone in the town centre so he is never forgotten. Bertie died after a heart attack in 2010 at the age of 90.

And over the past two years members of Bolton CND/Stop the War Coalition with Bolton Trades Council and Unison have been working on the lasting tribute.

Malcolm Pittock of Bolton CND, who knew Bertie for many years, said: “He was a very determined man and a very memorable person, which is why people respected him. He devised his own way of doing things.”

His unique achievement was laying a wreath of white poppies at Bolton’s war memorial during the Remembrance Day service.

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