Mr B. Thompson

MR Brian Thompson, formerly of Grantham, has died. He was 73.

Born in October 1938, to Emma and George Thompson, he was the eldest of three children and brother to Joyce and Colin.

His father was the village butcher in Great Gonerby, and Brian attended the King’s School, where he excelled in all sports and played cricket for the school.

After leaving school he worked as a technical draughtsman for Aveling Barford, Grantham.

Brian and his wife, Barbara, promoted dances and events in Grantham, Lincolnshire and the Nottingham area in the sixties, often at Grantham Drill Hall, at a time when few knew anything about the business, and then later into the 1970s and 1980s.

Such artists as the Walker Brothers, Gene Vincent, Wayne Fontana and Dave Berry were regular entertainment at the local Saturday dance event. The largest local event was at Spalding in July 1967, called Barbecue 67, and included a line-up of Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Geno Washington, Pink Floyd and The Move. So many turned up that national radio had to advise people to stay away as they would not get in.

Mr Thompson was a well-known sportsman and was goalkeeper for Grantham Football Club, Loughborough and Peterborough United.

During his time at Aveling Barford he was a bowler for the works team and later for Grantham and many surrounding village teams. He was a gregarious character, who provided great enjoyment to all who knew him or saw him play.

Later in life he became a market trader and visited Grantham and surrounding markets, where he would always enjoy the banter with the local public.

He and Barbara went on to create a successful fashion business in the Nottingham area.

He maintained his sporting prowess by playing cricket for Wollaton Cricket Club as a very able bowler and batsman, and he continued to play cricket into his 50s, when he played for Nottingham Forest Cricket Club’s first 11.

He took up golf in his 40s and soon made his mark in that field too. He was invited to join the Variety Club of GB, mingling with the stars of the time.

He and his wife retired in 2003.

The funeral service was held at the Church of St Helen, Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire, attended by a large congregation, including many from the Grantham area.