Charles was born in 1929. He was born and brought up in Gateshead until 1940 when his family move to Sunderland. His great grandfather came from Lithuania. Charles became involved in local politics and served as Mayor of Sunderland, 1976/77 and as Leader of the Council for 16 years.
Charles was interviewed by Gillian Findlay on the 19th July 2000. The interview lasted for 1 and a half hours.
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