Sam Paddock was a Rhondda miner and a Communist. He took part in the Rhondda unemployed march to the
Nellie stated "Our house was painted red…. I've never seen decorations like there was then – not for the Queen , the Coronation. or anything. Everywhere there were red flags, banner and slogans for Harry, for the Communist Party. During the election campaign every helper who came in, Harry went round in his car and wouldn't go to bed himself till he knew everyone one else was fixed up with a bed.”
Harry Pollitt had been a regular visitor to the Rhondda from the 1920s and was arrested along with Tom Mann at Judges Hall, Trealaw, in 1934 for sedition.
Other Rhonnda Communist miners who paid tribute to the memory of Harry Pollitt in the columns of the Daily Worker on the occasion of his death included Murray Williams and Jack Thomas of Ynyshir, where Harry had been a regular speaker at the miners’ social club.
Source: Daily Worker 11th July 1960
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