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Frank Flear OBE

ONE of Grimsby's greatest seafood processing pioneers, Frank Flear OBE, has died aged 84. Described as an enigmatic entrepreneur, of the like we may never see again, he expanded the legacy of the town's fishing industry, creating factories that continue to thrive today.

Survived by wife of 62 years Marion, daughter Penny and son David, in retirement he was a familiar figure around Cleethorpes, where he lived in one of the seafront-facing apartments, wholeheartedly embracing new eras as he did in work.

Daughter Penny said: "He was a wonderful, warm, generous man – very family orientated. We all spent a lot of time together, we were very close."

"We had discussions all the time about current affairs, politics – Brexit was exercising him greatly!" She said his time as High Sheriff was a particularly proud period. "He bucked the trend a little as they tended to be from farming, he was delighted and very honoured to do that; he had a wonderful year, a very busy year." A grandfather, he went on to become a deputy lieutenant of Lincolnshire, and received the OBE from the Queen in 1998.

Frank was a Worshipful Fellow of the Company of Fishmongers and Freeman of the City of London and served as High Sheriff of Humberside in 1995, prior to the county being disbanded.

Born in the resort in October 1934, and one of a family of eight, he was educated at Brigg Grammar School, but the incentive to start earning was clear.
Despite leaving Brigg Grammar School after O-levels, he was made an honorary fellow of Lincoln University and Grimsby Institute, attending as many graduation services as his diary would allow.

He started work as a buyer for Ross Group as a buyer in 1951, learning the business as he went along.
At 23 he was given charge of a curing factory, before heading across the Humber to Hull, to help develop the expanding frozen food operation.
In 1977, aged 42, he left Ross and set up Bluecrest. The business blossomed, opening the factory in Ladysmith Road recently expanded by Young's, of which it is now a legacy company, producing for the supermarket own label business, as well as for the retail and catering trade. He remained at the helm through two buy-outs, creating jobs by the hundreds, and eventually buying RossFish.
In the late Nineties he helped bring forward Seachill with a group of former Bluecrest executives - a controversial move at the time as it took Tesco work with it. And it grew with the supermarket, sowing the seeds of a business now hot on the heels of Young's, vying for the pride of 'position number one' in Grimsby.

Frank Flear was also the original Chairman of Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Ltd, steering the development of the modern market in the early-nineties, with Ken Beeken, Derek Young and Martyn Boyers. Mr Boyers, chief executive of GFDE, said: "He was very entrepreneurial, very intelligent and very knowledgeable about the industry. He was very enigmatic, always held in high esteem and always commanded respect of people. I don't think we will see the likes of him again, he was a unique character."

A long-term member of the FMA, in 1991 he accepted an invitation to join the board and helped prepare the way for fish dock modernisation, with the 'new' £15 million market opened in 1996.

Frank Flear

Sylvia Hastings

It is with great sadness that I report the sudden and sad loss of John Hastings' wife Sylvia.

They had been out to visit friends and Sylvia had a fall that resulted in her having a brain haemorrhage.

It was not possible to revive her and she passed away.

We send sincere condolences to John and both their families.


Robert (Bob) Conboy 1941-1951

Old Briggensians will be saddened by the news from son Peter that his father, Robert, passed away on 5th October after a short battle against renal cancer. He would have been 85 on 15 October 2017. The picture shows him enjoying his 84th birthday.

Memorial Service was held at Stamford All Saints on Friday 20th and afterwards at Stamford Town Hall.

Bob Conboy

Peter Cox

Peter Cox died suddenly, he was born 28th March 1937 and died 5th March 2017 just short of his 80th birthday and that a funeral service was be held on Thursday 23rd March at Pocklington Methodists Church.

Peter will be remembered as a very good schoolmaster, fine Chemist and Brigg Hockey Club player and umpire for both the men and women's teams. He left Brigg when his wife Ann took over a Methodist Ministry.

Peter Cox

Philip Wright


Philip was a boarding student at the Grammar School from 1964 until 1971. His family lived in Cherry Tree Rise in Scotter. Within a few days of starting BGS Philip was became known as Chas after the Grimsby Town goalkeeper at the time, Chas Wright. That particular Chas Wright was born in Scotland but played one game for the Hong Kong national side. Maybe Philip knew about this and wished to follow his namesake one day.

The Grammar school was very science and maths orientated, and although Philip had a wonderful grasp of all the sciences, he was much more suited to the arts.

His displeasure with chemistry was most skilfully shown in an experiment in which we were to drop a piece of sodium into ethanol to produce hydrogen. Something probably not allowed these days. The sodium was carried very gently into the lab, in a jar, immersed in oil as Sodium reacts dangerously with air and water.

All went well until the experiment was over. .. The sodium was supposed to be put carefully back in the jar on Mr Longdon's desk. Philip decided to throw his piece in the sink.

Immediate combustion – He panicked and first turned the tap on, which created more flames and so grabbed the nearest beaker, which of course was the ethanol, and threw that in the sink to try and douse the blaze. Before the school burnt down our very quick thinking teacher managed to cover the inferno with a fire blanket. Philip had turned this into the best chemistry lesson ever.

Philip was a very good sportsman. He represented the school in swimming and football. Later he played football for Scotter United and The White Swan Pub, both from the village where he was brought up.

During the school holidays, Philip spent weeks on the Norfolk Broads with his family. Fishing, motor-boating and sailing a Mirror class dinghy.

After leaving school Philip took off down to London, obtained his degree in planning from Southbank Polytechnic and married Helen. On their return up-north, they bought a house in Kirton Lindsey. Philip working as a town planner based in Brigg.

Philip kept a set of drumsticks under his chair, and whilst playing cards or eating a meal, he would at any unannounced moment, whilst listening to one of his favourite tracks, leap up from the table, dive under the chair, grab the sticks and start drumming along with the beat. Philip REALLY loved music.

Then in 1981, just before the Humber Bridge opened, which Philip was very involved with, Helen and Philip, moved to Hong Kong for Philip to take up a job with the Hong Kong government in Land development and urban renewal.

Their two daughters Kate and Alice were born in Hong Kong. They are both now back in the UK, and married. Philip and Helen moved back to their home in Chinnor in 2003.

Philip played bass guitar with Prog Floyd, The Faith Healers and also with folk and ceilidh bands.

Back in the UK for the next ten years Philip was a research fellow at University College London.

He was always very proud of his northern roots. Philip, whether in Honk Kong or Chinnor, knew more about the school's old boy network, North Lincolnshire events and far more about Scunthorpe United than ever his old friends that lived locally.

He had the most infectious laugh and was very quick witted. He would have made a great script writer. Whatever he did he was passionate about it. Listening to music, playing in the band, art, sport, holidays, town planning and of course most of all, family.

We have lost a very dear friend, the most generous, funny, and an incredibly talented man.

- Alisair Ramsay

Marie Corney (Thurman)

forwarded by Joyce Lunn (Easton) 1949-1956.

On 22nd of December 2016 Marie Corney (Thurman) died suddenly while in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands aged 78. Marie was the loving wife of Alan Corney who attended BGS.

Marie, born in Ilkeston Derbyshire, moved to Brigg when her father was posted to the Nat West Bank in the Market Place. She became a pupil at BGHS.
As members of the Old Time Dance Club, which met in the Parish Church hall, Alan and Marie began a long and very devoted partnership. Marie was a very talented Maths student. She left school and went to work at Lloyds bank.

After Alan's graduation from Keble Oxford in 1961 they moved to live in Oxford. In 1964 they moved out to the States for 2 years during which time Marie began a University Maths Course. On returning to Oxford she went as a mature student to Somerville completing a maths degree in 1969.

Marie had led a full and very active life; her popularity acknowledged by the many local people who attended her funeral held in the church at Adderbury near Banbury where they lived in retirement.

I also attended, (along with my husband), in order to mark our friendship at BGHS, as did others which included Betty Morwood, Lowri Spurr and Barbara Watts. We had each kept in touch since we left school around 1956. The many reminisces of their Brigg connection were appreciated by Alan and Marie's family and as we remembered Marie with affection.

Marie Corney

David Coulson (1979-1990)

David Coulson (Head 1979-1990): Retired Headteacher, David, died aged 81 at Warwick Hospital after losing a three-year battle with ill-health. He lived in Knightcote, Warwickshire and his funeral was at Southam Parish Church on Thursday, 2nd February 2017.

Mr Coulson was born in the Hull area and lived at the family home in Cottingham. He attended Hymers College in Hull, before spending two years in the Royal Air Force Signals Unit. He then went on to Queens College, Oxford, where he obtained an MA honours in modern history, before taking a job as a sixth form teacher of history and general Studies at Hull Grammar School.

After nine years there, he moved to Wolfreton School in Willerby and spent another nine years as director of sixth form studies, before becoming the Headteacher at Sir John Nelthorpe School.

David was a passionate advocate of links with industry and pioneered work related problem solving activities for pupils. He also introduced, in conjunction with the then Careers Service, a Careers Fair at the Brigg Leisure Centre with stands from a very wide range of professions, business and industry. He was a highly regarded and valued Headteacher.

He left Brigg in 1987 being seconded from education into the Government Headteachers Into Industry scheme and was placed with Northern Foods plc, where he spent some time working from its Hull headquarters as a consultant. He became the director of the programme in 1989 and took it nationwide, working closely with Reckitt and Colman and the University of Warwick as major sponsors. This took him as far afield as the USA and he became a Fellow of the University of Warwick. In 1996, Mr Coulson started his own successful human resources consultancy business, which he retired from in 2008.

Our condolences go out to his wife Maureen and sons Shaun and Conrad.

David Coulson

Robin Sumpter (1941-1948)

Robin Sumpter OBE died shortly before Christmas 2016, aged 85.

Robin was born in Normanby in 1931. He became a student at Brigg Grammar School from 1941 to 1948 before training to be a solicitor with RAC Symes & Co, sitting his Law Society exams in 1953. He then did National Service in Singapore and Malaya before returning to Symes (now Symes Bains Broomer), to continue his legal career and eventually he become senior partner. He retired from the firm in 2007, aged 76.

Robin was an active member of many organisations including Round Table, Forty-One Club and most recently the Round Table Lodge of Lincolnshire. He was also the current president of Normanby Park Sport and Activity Club.

Robin was awarded the OBE for services to the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours' List in 1996. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Lincolnshire.

He was a fine sportsman and played hockey with Normanby Park to a very high standard as many local rivals can testify, including myself.

He was a loyal servant of the school and served on the main governing body, chairing the properties committee and latterly becoming Chair of Sir John Nelthorpe School Foundation Trustees. His legal knowledge was a great asset.

Former partner Richard Wallis described Mr Sumpter's death as "the end of an era".

"He was a giant of the legal profession in Scunny", said Mr Wallis.

"We shall never see the like again in the modern system."

"He lived life to the full with work, sport and church. The last of the 'Gentleman Solicitor' breed whose word was his bond and whose energy and enthusiasm was legendary.

"He gave time and effort without calculation of reward. The law and the area is poorer for his passing and his family can take a small comfort from the love, honour and respect in which he was held. He was a 'one off', impossible to match or replace. "His record stands as a testament to him as husband, father, colleague and man."

He leaves his wife Aileen, children Jane and Robert, son-in-law Alan and grandchild Jamie. His daughter, Jane Carnie, said, "He was a very supportive and loving husband, father and grandpa and we will miss him very much.

His funeral will take place at 2pm on Friday January 6 at St Andrew's Church, Burton-upon-Stather.

Robin Sumpter

Peter Gregory (1933-1942)

Peter Gregory (1933-1942) has died aged 92 years. Peter was a well-liked and respected member of the community. Latterly frequently seen about town on his mobility scooter. He had two older brothers, John and Hugh with all thee going to Brigg Grammar School.

Peter joined the Royal Naval Volunteers after leaving BGS in 1942 and saw active service in the South Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf.

When demobbed he trained as a teacher in Cheltenham and taught English at Brigg Grammar School Peter was a member of the Briggensians for 16 years from 1988 to 2004 and Chairman from 1994 to 1996

He was a member of Probus for 30 years, Vice Captain of Brigg Rowing Club in 1951 and enjoyed walking, swimming, badminton and Morris Dancing

Wife Dorothy taught at Brigg Girls High School passed away in 2007 and they had daughters Susan, Rowena, Kate, and Vanessa

Peter Gregory

Pat Weightman (nee Bland) (1952-1959)

It is with immense sadness, that I inform all Briggensians, of the untimely death of Pat Weightman aged 75 years.

As many of you will know, Pat, was an active committee member of the association; taking on the role of secretary, organising cricket club teas for the annual matches, raffles and entertaining the head boy and girl at the annual dinner.

Pat's involvement with the school began in the early 1950s when she passed the 11 plus to enter the then Brigg Girls High School, where she excelled both in sport and academically. Pat married Mike and together they raised three sons, Alister, Simon and Edward; all of whom attended the school.

With husband Mike they set up a very successful and well regarded dental practice in Brigg which was taken over by son Alister on their retirement before being sold to Oasis.

Everyone will remember Pat for her willingness to take on any task and for that unforgettable smile that won over all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Pat Weightman

Air Commodore Patrick James Cabourne (1936-1945)

Air Commodore Patrick James Cabourne (1936-1945): passed away peacefully at home on Thursday 24 November 2016. Following his time at BGS - during which he was Head Boy, and later University, he had an illustrious career in the RAF serving in Suez, the Middle East, Malta and the USA, and becoming the Group Captain at RAF Binbrook in the 1960s. He ended his RAF career as Air Commodore in Saudi Arabia in command of the Air Defence. Uncle Jim, as we knew him, will be sadly missed." Bill Phipps

Patrick Cabourne

Terry Pocklington (1946-1951)

Sugarland, Texas - Terence William Pocklington, 81, passed away 16th June, 2016, at Silverado Living Centre in Sugarland, Texas, with his beloved son Brian and daughter-in-law Amanda at his side. Terry, as he was known, was born in Brigg, England, on May 15th, 1935 to the late Charles Frances and Sybil Pocklington; which is where he attended Brigg Grammar School.

Terry spent most of his adult life in Tupelo and Pontotoc. He moved to Tupelo with Ram Golf in 1966. He helped design the Pontotoc Country Club Golf Course. He not only worked in the golf business but LOVED playing the game.

Terry is survived by his wife, Joan, of 57 years; of Tupelo; one son, Brian (Amanda); three grandchildren, Victoria Startz (Chris), William Pocklington and Caroline Pocklington; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Alex Startz of Richmond, Texas; two sisters, Patricia Christopher and Pam Watson of England.

Terry Pocklington

Brigid Vaughan (1958-1965)

Brid' was the immediate past President of the Briggensians Association and had served on the committee for many years. She will be sadly missed.

Brid' was full of fun and always up for any enjoyable activity especially in sport where she was in her element. She lived life to the full and it was very sad that her brain tumour could not be fully removed although she did make every effort to stay fit and fight her subsequent disability.

Brid' was a mainstay of Brigg Ladies Hockey Club and then Brigg Hockey Club following the amalgamation with the men's section. Brid' was one of the long-serving players, juniors coach and President of Brigg Hockey Club and worked tirelessly for the creation of an all-weather pitch in Brigg, which is now nearing completion. Sadly, she will not see its inauguration.

During the time she was married to the late John Allcock they had three sons although sadly David died leaving Jonty and Elisa in Goxhill and Jamie and Nicola who now live in New Zealand.

Brid Vaughan

Oliver Hughes (1970-1975) - from Twigmoor

Oliver Hughes

The owner of some of Dublin's best known pubs and venues has sadly passed away.

Oliver Hughes, who was a co-founder of the Porterhouse Group and owned Lillie's Bordello, died suddenly in his Dublin home on Saturday evening.

The cause of death is suspected to be a heart attack. Oliver had been treated for a heart condition in recent weeks, but had been given the all clear by doctors and was at his home on Saturday night when he took ill.

Oliver Hughes was a former barrister who rose to prominence when he co-founded the Porterhouse Group with his cousin Liam La Hart.

Set up more than 25 years ago, the group now employs over 500 people across its pub network in Dublin, London and New York.

The group incorporates seven bars, five restaurants, Lillie's Bordello nightclub, the Dingle Distillery and associated brewing operation, plus two tapas bars. Dingle's was the first new distillery in Ireland in 200 years.

Oliver and his cousin bought a pub in Bray in 1989, which specialised in stocking world beers and in 1996 they opened their first pub micro-brewery in Dublin's Temple Bar which continues to thrive under the Porterhouse name.

Three years later the company opened a Porterhouse in Covent Garden and then another in Glasnevin and Fraunces Tavern on Wall Street in New York.

More than 10 years ago, Oliver and his co-founder bought one of Ireland's most famous nightclubs Lillie's Bordello, and opened Porterhouse Central on Nassau Street.

Hughes is survived by his wife and two children.

Andrew Brown remembers his friend Oliver:

'Very sad to inform you that Oliver Hughes passed away last Sunday aged 57. Oliver and I were the two boys who "deserted" at the end of year 5 (as it was) and went to John Leggott College together for Sixth Form. We were great mates and managed to stay in touch despite being at opposite ends of the globe. I last saw Oliver in Dublin in September 2013 and had arranged to meet him this October at the Dingle Food Festival in Co. Kerry as part of my wife and I's European trip.'

David Bains

THE funeral of retired Brigg solicitor David Bains was be held on Thursday 16th June at Scunthorpe�s Woodlands Crematorium followed by a reception at The Sutton Arms in Scawby.

Mr Bains died suddenly at his home in Elsham on 1st June aged 81 years, following a four-week holiday in France.

After studying at Brigg Grammar School, Mr Bains was called up in 1954 for National Service duty and served in Germany.

On being demobbed he studied at Cambridge University and later trained as a solicitor at the School of Law in Guildford,

In 1970 Mr Bain and his late wife Liz, a former nurse at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, celebrated the birth of their daughter Diane.
Mrs Diane Wilson became the third generation of the family to qualify as a solicitor and worked alongside her father in the Brigg practice for 15 years.

David Bains

Mr Baines, who took over the legal practice started by his father William, led a full and active life after suffering serious injuries while attempting to climb Scafell Pike in 1969. The accident ended Mr Baines� career as a mountaineer and he took up bell-ringing as therapy for his badly-damaged shoulders.

He also followed his passions for walking, opera, rugby, gardening and horse-racing, the latter in his role as a member of the Elite Racing club.

Dorothy Bruce

Dorothy, seen to the right holding a painting by Ken Lamming presented to her upon retirement.


Ailsa Moore: I first met Dorothy when I went for interview for the post of headmistress of Brigg High School. Dorothy was so kind and helpful to all the candidates. When I began my stay at the school, I found Dorothy knew everybody and everything about the school, she was a great help to me. I spent time driving Dorothy to Lincoln to visit her beloved brother Phil, together we cared for Phil. When Phil died and later Dorothy moved to her flat in Lincoln I kept in regular touch by phone from Woking, we shared many memories. I will miss her a great deal.

Jill Craig: I was much saddened to hear of Mrs Dorothy Bruce�s recent passing, as will many other staff and [pupils of the former Girls� High School. Dorothy was completely devoted to the school and was a valued member of its community. My personal indebtedness to her came particularly after Mrs Isobel Shepherdson�s departure to a large London comprehensive, when I was appointed acting Head for two terms. After only one year as Deputy, I still had much knowledge to acquire, especially after seven years abroad. Dorothy, however, proved to be a mine of information about pupils and school matters, her assistance greatly facilitating my task. She was, indeed, the perfect secretary � elegant and charming, with both pupils and staff alike. A very likeable lady!

Barbara Kernon: Many High School girls will remember Dorothy the School Secretary. She joined the staff in 1962 and served with Miss Shepherdson and Miss Moore before we went comprehensive. She always took a keen interest in the school, girls and provided many useful items of memorabilia for our reunion in 2007. Dorothy and husband Ray were Founder Members and Chairmen of Brigg Round Table and Ladies Circle. They had two sons David and Ian. After Ray died, Dorothy eventually moved to Lincoln and died there on Sunday, 6th December 2015.

Dorothy Bruce

Betty Romans

Betty Romans has died. She was well in her 90's and although in a home retained her sharp faculties. She had one son, Philip, who is a barrister. Betty Romans was Matron. Geoffrey was Housemaster and taught English; he was very good and very keen on cricket. Having met in the Boarding House, they married. Geoffrey became an H.M.I. Regards, Robin Sumpter.

David Leaning

Distinguished old boy of Brigg Grammar School from 1947-1955 and speaker at the annual Briggensians� Dinner in March 2007, former Dean of Southwell Minster, David Leaning, has died unexpected at the age of 79 years.

Educated at Keble College, Oxford, he was ordained in 1961.

David retired after 46 years serving in the Church of England�s Ministry in Gainsborough, Worsop in Nottinghamshire and Kington in Herefordshire. After 20 years in Parish Ministry he became Archdeacon of Newark in the Diocese of Southwell and then Dean of the Cathedral of Southwell, a position he held for 15 years.

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David Leaning

Brian Thornalley

Brian Thornalley (1945�52) who died on July 8th 2015 was at Brigg from 1945 to 1952 in Yarborough House leaving after the Upper Sixth. He was in the same school intake as me. I recall he and I played cricket in the School First Eleven in 1951. Brian was a quickish bowler and quite successful. He also played football for the Second Eleven.

After he left school, he did National Service and then went to College at Loughborough, going on to teach woodwork, spending several years in Cyprus in the course of his career. He was, I believe, inspired by �Willie� Watts our woodwork teacher at school and I know that Brian always kept in touch with him over the years. Brian was, I believe, a keen member of the �Woodlands Trust� and also a family history enthusiast. I caught up with Brian again in the 1990�s and particularly after I returned to the East Midlands as Brian lived at Willoughby on the Wolds near Loughborough. His Christmas �round-robin� letters were always packed with information about his activities.

I last saw him at the Annual Dinner about two years ago. The news of his death, which I only learnt about very recently, came as quite a shock.Peter Wade

Brian Thornalley

Chris Magrath

Chris Magrath (1956-62) Adrian emailed to say, �Dave, sad news always arrives at Christmas from people you don't see regularly, it seems. In case you don't know already, Chris Magrath died last February, from cancer. We received a letter from his family with our card today. Perhaps it is something to note in the Newsletter�. Adrian Broome.

Frank Lea

Frank Lea: (1943-49) Frank had been unwell for some time and sadly died in May 2015. He had a very successful haulage business in Brigg at Scawby Brook and his son has now taken over the business. The funeral service, held at Scawby, was attended by many members of family, friends and members of organisations to which he had belonged. Frank is survived by his wife Jean

Frank Lea

J R Lyon

Sorry to note the passing of John Robert Lyon in the latest issue. We were great pals in our BGS days I believe his dates were that he joined Geoge Cabourne in the old Prep department in 1937 moving into main school with the rest of our bunch in 1938. Some names that spring to mind in that bunch were D W Brown Pat Cabourne (George Cabourne�s youngest son) Taffy Snell, Nick Davenport, Buzzer Bee, Roger Cobb to name a few. John and I very often used to go down to the Lyon Bakery at lunchtime. It was a few hundred yards beyond school on the opposite side of Grammar School Road. John and I both left school about the same time in early 1945. I left to join the Army on an Engineering Scholarship; he left to help his mother run the business, his Dad having died a few years earlier. John used to get up early to get the �Daily Bread� in the oven before coming to school. He worked very hard in those days. My last contact with him was about 1978/79 when I managed to find him living in Hatfield, Herts, and if I remember correctly he was working at De Haverland Aircraft. I think his Mum was still alive and living with them at that time. Excuse the meanderings, Put it down to age !! It may be of interest to somebody, Peter Plant: (1938-45)

Elizabeth Belt

Elizabeth Belt (nee Hastings): Educated at Brigg Prep and then the Girls High School, Elizabeth taught for 27 years in many schools across the area. She taught at Scawby and Brigg Primaries and was a long serving teacher at Baysgarth School, Barton, before coordinating Special Needs at SJN. She was heavily involved in the WI and became President at Broughton and Chairmen of the Humberside Federation. Elizabeth had been battling lung cancer for 3 years despite a 12-18 months prognosis. The Coroner at her inquest confirmed that she had contracted mesothelioma through inhaling asbestos dust during her time teaching in schools across North Lincolnshire. The county have agreed compensation with her family and the story was taken up by the national press. She had children, Katherine, Sarah, Charlotte and Chris and had survived her late husband Brian.

Elizabeth Belt

Gordon Barrie Eccles

Gordon Barrie Eccles (School House,1944-50) died at his home in Ranby, Nottinghamshire, in May, 2015, following a short illness; he was 81. Barrie was one of the 1940s� group of Briggensians - self-styled because all were at school during the war years. We formed a close bond, which has lasted a lifetime, and Barrie was a great character to have around in those dire times of fire drills, sirens and interminable trips to the shelters. Full of fun and voice, he played an influential part in school activities and was a popular friend to all. He also had a tremendous enthusiasm for the Scout Association reflected by his leadership role locally - and an armful of badges.

After leaving school, Barrie spent four years at Leeds College of Technology and two years� National Service in the Army before running the Eccles family tailoring business, founded in1816. Many will remember the Eccles Outfitters in Brigg. Barrie married Jean Parker in 1958, who survives him, and they had two children, Helen, a gifted artist, and Graham, a talented musician. Barrie�s main hobby was sailing. He occasionally took off on voyages as far as the Greek Islands and the Caribbean. His other passion was making exceptionally finefurniture and he crafted his own dining table with eight Hepplewhite-style chairs and many other pieces. I was privileged to see his work when I last visited him at his home two years ago. We spent several happy hours talking about our days at school, our old friends, our boarding school memories and how fortunate we had been in being a pupil at Brigg under such a fine team of teachers. Peter Wade , one of our �40s group, travelled from his home near Derby to represent the School and Barrie�s old friends at his funeral at All Saints� Church, Babworth, near Retford. Derek Sumpter

Gordon Barrie Eccles

David Rhodes (1950-1957)

David Rhodes (1950-1957) - died suddenly in March 2015 aged 76. After a highly successful time at BGS - Victor Ludorum, County Champion at the Triple Jump, leading singer and State Scholar - he went up to Wadham College, Oxford, where he took a First in Physics. Deciding against research, he determined to become a teacher. Following teaching practice at Manchester Grammar School, he taught at Dulwich College and then for over thirty years at Fettes College in Edinburgh as Head of Science, Housemaster, Senior Master and Deputy Head. He was widely respected and held in great affection. He was much involved from singing in the College choir to coaching the College's Vth Girls' Hockey team. He visited China for the College and successfully created links that brought many young students to Fettes.

He played golf, but singing was his passion. He was a member of two top choirs, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and the St. Giles Choir, with whom he performed in prestigious concerts all over Scotland in London and abroad. In 1962 he married Mr ('Timber') Watts's daughter, Barbara. He will be sadly missed.

Roy Cochrane

Canon Roy Cochrane has died at the age of 89. Many will remember Roy who taught at Brigg Grammar School in the 1980�s. He served at St. John�s Church in Brigg for 20 years before becoming chaplain at St. Barnabus Hospice, Lincoln, in 1989.

Roy had a long and distinguished career; he served in the RAF during WW2 before joining the ministry and serving at many churches across Lincolnshire, he was the Bishop�s adviser for pastoral care and led many pilgrimages to Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Jordon.

Roy Cochrane

Alan West (1938-1948)

Brian Williams

Alan West died at the age of 85 in February, 2015.

Born in 1930 and raised in Barrow on Humber; Alan became a boarder at Brigg Grammar School from 1938 to 1948. He was a keen sportsman and especially liked Rugby but found cricket a waste of a sunny summer�s afternoon.

Alan did National Service as a wireless operator in the RAF and would dearly have liked to be a pilot; he maintained his love of aircraft and historical RAF flying machines for the rest of his life.

Alan started work for Spillers, later to become the Farmers' Company, then Albright and Wilson, and it was there that he met his wife Margaret.

He was a Scoutmaster and treasurer, receiving an award from the organisation for his work, which included the setting up of the outdoor centre at Primrose Hill, Scawby.

Alan completed his working life at British Steel, Scunthorpe, in 1991 and soon joined the Brigg Probus Club which he enjoyed for 20 years continuing to be active even following his stroke in 1998.

Roy Lacy

Roy Lacy died August Bank Holiday 2014. He attended the school 1940 to 1945.

On leaving school he trained as a Male Nurse at Louth County Infirmary and then joined the Royal Army Medical Corps for 26 Years. He served in the Korean War and came through with only minor injuries. He is buried in Basingstoke Cemetery.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

I bring the sad news that Brian Williams (1959-1978) died peacefully this morning at the Stewton House Nursing Home in Louth where he had been transferred to from hospital so that he could be close to Margaret and their home together.

I visited Brian and Margaret last Friday afternoon and I was able to pass on all the good wishes and recollections that Briggensians had sent to me; Brian was able to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages but soon slipped back into sleep. His medication was keeping him free from pain and he was still taking water but not food. I will let members know when the funeral has been arranged; typically Brian had chosen his own service down to the last detail.

Margaret was much better than I had expected following her stroke last July and was able to get to see Brian in the nursing home with the support of her walking frame. The family were taking it in turn at staying with Margaret so that one of them was there at all times to help and support. It was Tim who broke the sad news this morning.

I have learned today that the funeral will be held at 1.00pm on Friday, 6th December 2013 at St. James Church, Louth. This will be followed by his internment for family only. The family would like as many of those attending as are able to remain for refreshments which will be available locally. Those Briggensians who wish to send reflections for the Newsletter on school days especially in connection with Brian are encouraged to email me.

R W Porter LDS (BGS 1928-1935)

Mr Porter's daughter has informed us of his passing at the age of 93 and very kindly sent in a short account of his life along with three photos of different stages of his life at school, in the RAF and in later years.

Born on 11 January 1918 in Tattershall, Lincs, he was the eldest son of Bernard Porter, Farmer and Justice of the Peace, and Constance Mary Meggitt. He was educated at The (Sir John Nelthorpe) Grammar School in Brigg from 1928 to 1935 (representing the school in cricket and swimming), then at Leeds University School of Dentistry, graduating in 1940.