The Life of Wilf Page, countryside communist
Wilf Page was a champion of agricultural workers, a promoter of justice in the countryside, a rural communist councillor during the difficult cold war years and a lifelong community activist. He is best known for his role in the National Union of Agricultural Workers, and in the European Federation of Agricultural Unions, but he was also a prominent local politician in Norfolk, and was a communist councillor for Edgefield for twenty-eight years.
On his death, an obituary in The Times accurately reported that Wilf’s communism had not been of the ‘big Russian bear’ variety, but had been about ‘the community owning the wealth’. He was a man whose tireless battle for justice lasted until the last day of his life.
Mike Pentelow was Morning Star industrial reporter in the 1970s and 1980s, and later worked on the Transport & General Workers’ Union journal, the Record. From 1999 to 2008 he was editor of Landworker, the journal for rural and agricultural members of the union (now part of Unite).
Published in association with Unite the Union and the Marx Memorial Library
1. Norfolk’s labour heritage
2. Early days
3. Drifting in London and Jersey
4. Flying in India
5. Labour Party agent and councillor
6. Blacklisted communist
7. Union and community activist
8. The national arena
9. The 1970s
10. Retirement and continuing activism
11. Pensioners’ activist