It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Douglas Tidy.
One of the last of The Few. Douglas was a World War II Royal Air Force member who flew in Wellington bombers. Douglas joined the British National Party in 2004 “in order,” he said “to show the British people the true face of the the BNP.”
“I was proud to have fought for this nation during World War II and by joining the BNP, I am still fighting for the freedom and identity of the British people. It is the only Party of common sense,” he said at the time.
Last year, at the age of 86, he appeared alongside Nick Griffin at the Battle for Britain fund-raising road show held in the South West, lining-up with two other World War II Spitfire pilots who had joined the BNP.
Douglas spent his final years at the Officers’ Association Country Home at Bishopsteignton in Devon overlooking the River Teign estuary.
“It is a lovely place with a superb garden in which I can walk, and my room looks out over the river. I am truly blessed to have come to this haven of peace in the autumn of my life,” Douglas told the British National Party’s newspaper Freedom last year.
We will remember you Denis(right)
Black Country BNP are very, very sorry, to announce the passing of a true Gentleman and Nationalist. Denis Adamssadly passed away on the Thirtieth of January 2010 in his home city of Birmingham after feeling unwell. Denis was a very proud and vocal activist, and was an advocate of being open about his membership of the British National Party. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Denis's family, friends and colleagues. His passing is an extremely sad loss to the Black Country Branch in particular, in addition to the Solihul branch, of which he was a founding member. What follows can only really be told by one who knew him, so we must thank his much loved daughters for this opportunity to do just that.
When John Salvage was asked to take control of Black Country BNP in early 2000, a short while after becoming a rank and file member himself, he wondered where he could start from scratch, and what calibre of people would become interested other than those he already knew. Deputy Chairman Simon Darby, the then regional organiser, asked whether the ''old'' members should be involved in this new branch. No, said John, a new start meant exactly that. From the earliest meetings, where there were ten or so people, Denis Adams was there in all his bubbly enthusiasm and spirit. His bright red complexion and short cropped red hair, ensured that this ''soon to be'' super activist and candidate, stood out amongst the crowd like a diamond sitting in coal dust. John and Denis soon struck up a strong relationship, and before long, Denis accompanied John on many speaking engagements countrywide. Denis was soon accompanied by other Birmingham and regional activists, who had not yet rallied under any particular flag or local leader, thus, before long, Denis became organiser of his own branch, and became a very vocal, active member.
Having already joined the Trafalgar Club before even becoming an activist, people knew Denis was a ''stand up guy'', and would be an asset to local and national party politics. Denis Henry Adams was very proud to be a ''Brummie'', and would often have light hearted banter with John about him being a ''Yam Yam''. Also, when it came to his home town, he was very sad to see it's demise, and stood as a candidate many times in defiance of this political neglect. The van that Denis bought could be seen for miles around, and when John formed a business with Denis and another BNP colleague, the black painted van would roll up on giant markets and steam rallies where we had stalls, and attract the attention of everyone there. Denis absolutely loved his daughters, and was over the moon when over the years, grandchildren were added to the clan. Denis was instrumental in bringing in and befriending new members. Once they saw Denis in action, walking miles and leafleting in all weather, they were always impressed by his dedication to our cause and followed his path.
With flags, runes, and BNP stickers screaming from the sides, front and rear of his now, well known black Transit van, everyone and anyone knew where Denis stood regarding this country and his beloved Brum. Denis and John were travelling on the M5 motorway one evening, on the way to a steam rally, and a car came racing up besides the van. The driver hooted his horn, and expecting a two fingered gesture, and other forms of protest and ''Anglo-Saxon'' language. Denis said ''ey up, here we go again'', and grinned at the prospect. Unbelievably, a West Indian fellow put his thumb up, and raised his arm and fist, and made it known he was in support of the party. Denis, as usual when excited or angry, beamed a massive grin, and his bright red face looked like a million dollars as both waved back and hooted in response. Yes, Denis Adams was an up front activist, and whatever the circumstances, he could softly engage both opposition, and supporter alike in conversation.
Denis accompanied John on many speaking engagements, and made friends easily with everyone he met country wide. When Nick Griffin was taken to court, Denis was first to respond, and made all the arrangements to ensure a couple of vans and cars went to Leeds to support the leader. The ''West Midland's Stall'' of 2003, actually won first prize that year, all because of Denis's natural quality of leadership and management. Apart from producing a fabulous family of daughters, whom he loved and cherished immensely, his outstanding ability to take control of a situation, and ultimately become his crowning achievement was soon apparent. When Birmingham got too large to operate under his leadership, he was one of the five activists to form the Solihul group. With their own money and untold miles of footwork, the group became a branch, and ensured the election of it's first councillor. Much more could be said, but the memories of those who knew this man, and those who worked and socialised with him, need no such written words... he was a light, a very bright one at that, and one that will never dim. Denis, we dedicate Saint George's day in April to you, as you loved this gigantic event in West Bromwich. We will not see you there in the coming years, but we all know you will be looking at us from a better place. God bless you brother, see you on the other side.