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Announcement: key Tolkien figure Mike Wilkes has passed away

It is with great dismay that we must sadly inform you of the death on Friday of one of our Tolkien Society members. Mick Wilkes has died after a long and painful illness, at St. Mary’s Hospice, with his wife Viv and sons John and David beside him.

Mick Wilkes in life was a tall figure and I have memories of his smiling face at various events around the city connected with the Tolkien Society, he was a former Lord-Mayor of Birmingham, former city councillor, a staunch supporter of the Tolkien Society, Tolkien & Middle-earth Weekends and the drama group Shire Productions. He was also the driving force behind the city’s “Birmingham Tolkien Strategy” and the Birmingham Tolkien Group. Mick was known to many members of the TS, visitors and volunteers at the Sarehole Mill weekends and will be sorely missed.

Ian Collier, Tolkien Society Secretary & Trustee

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About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.