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Born in the 1930s in
Stan had been a member of the YCL executive for some time when he was a key figure in the early 1960s campaign amongst unemployed youth on Tyneside, initiated and led by the YCL.
He was appointed the full-time City Secretary of the
Stan reinvigorated youthful artistic pursuits in this period of enforced leisure. He was a useful muralist and painter of banners and took up wood carving, which he performed to a very high standard.
He married late in life, to fellow Communist, actress Val Lester, who had had a career on
In 1974, Stan was appointed full-time City Secretary for the
Stan’s health did not allow him to cope well with the strains. His health had been poor even during his Coventry period and what may have been TB resurfaced with a vengeance, causing him to opt for a quieter life as a caretaker and sometime wood carver in 1975. Stan Wilkes was then followed by John Bloomfield (see separate entry) as the full-time worker for
Stan died of ill-health during the early 1980s.