Brian Fewster

Brian Fewster, who died on the 17th June 2008 at the age of 65, was a stalwart of the Green Party for almost thirty years.  He joined the party in 1979 continuing to be active from then up to a week before his death despite suffering from cancer.
He was active in the Green Party locally, regionally and nationally.  Locally he stood in many local elections and in the 1983 General Elections in the Harborough constituency.  He also held various positions in the Leicester Green party including Press Officer, Website Manager and Newsletter Editor.
At a regional level he was the lead candidate in the last European Elections where the party obtained over 5% of the vote.  At a national level he was on the Regional Council for several years and attended most conferences.
Brian has a very real concern for people in general but particularly for those in the "third world".  This lead him to work in Calcutta as a volunteer through Voluntary Services Overseas.  He was also involved in many other organisations fighting for social justice including the World Development Movement, CND and the Leicester Civil Rights Movement.  Through  these organisation's campaigns he wrote many letters to people in power and attended many demonstrations, whether in Leicester or London.

 But perhaps his greatest love was language whether writing poetry, reading a novel or correcting text.  On many occasions I was on the receiving end of his red pen.  In fact I can feel him hovering over me as I write his obituary.
 As National Elections Co-ordinator I had responsibility for the production of two national manifestos which Brian kindly agreed to proof read, a task for which he deserves a medal.
Brain was a kind, sensitive and caring person and he will be sorely missed by many people in Leicester and further a field.

Geoff Forse