Les was a well known and well respected member of the community in Carlisle and his passing has brought deep sadness to many people.
I sit here now trying to write a second obituary for a friend within the space of a month and I fear I cannot do him justice in this piece.
Personally I would like to say that Les Griffiths was a strong man, a man who would never turn away from a fight and even though he wasn't in the best of health he stood forward to fight for the people of Upperby, where he was born and brought up, putting himself forward to represent the people of Upperby in these vital city elections, as the British National Party candidate.
Our regular monthly meetings in Carlisle were held in Les's pub, the London Tavern, and much more than that the Tavern became our base camp for this election campaign. Not only did Les open the Tavern on Sundays for us at 9am, he allowed the pub to be turned into a proper HQ on those days of action, with large scale maps set out on the tables for all the wards, literature stocks and maps there to equip the activist's. On Sunday, 6th April, Les was delighted to host the Chairman of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, who attended the tavern to sign and present Les with his red, white and blue, BNP rosette for the campaign. Much more than a campaign HQ the Tavern was where we all ended up after every long day of campaigning and we were welcomed there by Les, his staff and customers.
The centre of our tightly knit British National Party community in Carlisle is missing a brother and great Patriot today. Les Griffiths died as he lived- fighting for what he believed in.