THE death of influential trade unionist Jack Jones at 96 was widely reported this week.
However, less widely reported were his strong Solihull connections.
Mr Jones led the Transport and General Workers Union from 1969 to 1978, when it was one of the country’s most powerful unions.
In his capacity as leader he often clashed with prime ministers, and even went to war for his cause, fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s.
Jack Jones was born in Liverpool where he fought for dockers rights before moving down to Coventry to work as a union official.
In 1955 he moved to Solihull with his family, living in a pre-fab near to the Rover works off Lode Lane.His son, Jack jnr. won a scholarship for Solihull School.
The union man never forgot his time in Solihull, as former Solihull Labour councillor David Jamieson remembered.
“I last saw Jack a few years ago address a meeting at the Labour Party conference. He spoke lucidly and passionately, without notes, for 15 minutes on behalf of pensioners, winning raptuous applause.
“Whenever I saw him, he would say: ‘How is Solihull, David?’
“He had fond memories of his time here and evoked even fonder memories in others. He will be truly missed by all who know him.”
Jack is survived by his two sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.