Friday, 1 April 2011

Brynle Williams

Sad news of the untimely death of Brynle Williams, the Tory regional AM for North Wales.

Although we were miles apart politically, we grew up within a few miles of each other and his fuel protests in 2000 caused Tony Blair an early scare. It's hard to believe now that they were protesting because petrol had reached 80p a litre.

I was filming a BBC documentary on the protests at the time and met him and other campaigners at the Sainsbury carpark in Wrecsam. While we were discussing the target of the next picket - a large supermarket distribution depot in Cheshire - he suddenly kicked me in the shin. Unbeknown to me a police inspector was lurking behind and Brynle didn't want to give the game away.

A larger-than-life character who has gone much too soon.

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