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Volume 50 Number 4, February 1, 2020 ARCHIVE HOME JBCENTRE SUBSCRIBE

In Memoriam Hylda Sims

Workers' Weekly is sad to inform its readers of the death of Hylda Sims on January 13 after a short illness. Her vigour and youthful energy belied her 87 years.

She sang to her guitar and recited poetry at meetings organised by the Ad-Hoc Committee "The Things That Make For Peace", meetings against the chauvinism promoted at the centenary of the First World War, and against NATO.

Her father was a founder member of the CPGB. She herself became a member of the YCL. In the 1950s, she founded a skiffle group, together with the Skiffle Cellar in Soho. She visited the Soviet Union, playing in Moscow at the 1957 International Youth Festival. She was an indefatigable activist, and held a regular monthly music and poetry get-together at the Poetry Cafe. Among her achievements was her part in saving the Brockwell Lido at Herne Hill. She appeared on the Resonance Radio programme Sound Out on a number of occasions.

Here is a short poem of hers from 2017:

Corbyn Haiku

Jeremy is not
a typical leader - one
reason we love him


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