Farewell to Les Simpson

The DMA was represented at the funeral of much loved and respected community and union stalwart Les Simpson.

Born in 1939, Les was a miner at Usworth, Washington, from the age of 15 until 1973, when he joined the area drilling team working in collieries across the County Durham, before moving on to work in other coalfields.

He was a great and committed supporter of the union throughout his life. Following the closure of the collieries, Les was a founding member of Usworth banner group and was central to the creation of a new banner and ensuring the community was always represented at the Gala.

There was standing room only at Holy Trinity Church, Washington, for Les' funeral yesterday (20/04). The DMA was represented its secretary Alan Mardghum.

Alan said: “Les was always friendly, always welcoming, and always planning away to help his community. He was much loved and respected by all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed. The sympathies of the DMA go to his family and friends.”

Leslie (Les) Simpson. 6 December 1939 – 1 April 2023