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A well-known optician in Barnsley, Park was a Communist candidate in the town's local elections of 1945.
As a Labour Party member, he had been an EC member of the Barnsley Trades and Labour council, as a delegate from his union, NUDAW, the shop workers, from 1941. From there, in 1943, he was elected the Trades and Labour Council representative on Board of Management of the Beckett Hospital. The following year, he became a co-opted member of Barnsley Education Committee.
During the general election of 1945, Park had been the meetings organiser for Fred Collinridge, the Labour MP. He was also auditor for Barnsley Trades Council Club and Institute.
Source: Barnsley CP 1945 election address