Obituary: Mr Hubert Alan Durant

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Mr Hubert Alan Durant (known all of his life as Lal), of Allington, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 90.

He was born in Allington in the cottage now known as Red House Farm Cottage, to Mabel and Samuel. He was one of five siblings, his eldest sister Winifred lives in Suffolk and James, Joan and Mick have predeceased him. His father died when he was very young and his mother died when he was a teenager. He then went to live with his aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs Joe Cragg at Lowfields Farm, Allington.

When he was old enough he worked on their farm and spent all of his life working on the land. When his uncle retired he went to work for Mr Charley Bagguley at Foston, but returned to Lowfields Farm to work for Mr and Mrs McFarlane until their retirement. He then joined Graham Wade at Pastures Farm, Allington, where he stayed until his own retirement due to ill health.

At the start of the Second World War he joined 
the Home Guard and told many tales of the planes 
and bombing around Allington.

During the war he met and married Stella, a land girl. They were together for 65 years. She predeceased him in 2010. They were a very devoted couple and had one daughter, Hazel.

Together with his cousins he used to show shire horses when he was 14 and on one occasion they were successful at Harlaxton Manor grounds.

Mr Durant enjoyed being a member of the local cricket team and he was also a very good darts player with his elder brother James. He enjoyed everything about the countryside and all its traditions, especially following the Belvoir Hunt.

During the earlier days of his retirement he loved fishing with his two grandsons, Leigh and Dean who he was very proud of. He became even prouder when Dean married Angie and they gave him two great-granddaughters, Kira and Leah. He watched them grow up and was keen to hear about their adventures.

Mr Durant enjoyed family holidays on the Norfolk Broads, touring Scotland and visiting Yorkshire where his wife originated from. He loved gardening and watching cricket on television. Most of all his greatest love was taking his black jack russell dog for early morning walks across the fields at springtime, which was his favourite time of the year.

The Rev Harriet Orridge conducted the funeral service at Holy Trinity Church, Allington. Burial followed in the churchyard, where he was reunited with his wife.

Family mourners included: Hazel Griffiths, Ed Griffiths, Leigh Griffiths, Dean Griffiths and Angie Griffiths.

Other mourners included: Anne and Brian Durant, Maureen and Raymond Durant, William and Sharon Cragg, Anne and Graham Wade, Pamela Harford, Joe Tindall, Simon Durant, Dan Cragg, Tim Wade, Jennifer Railton, Tony and Vivian Durant, Rita Buxton, Victor Scotney, Mr R. L. Durant, Bob Burland, Ron and Betty Atkinson, Doug and Brenda Wright, Sheila Clarke, Shirley Neave, Brian Read, Roger Braisby, Peter Hempstead, Paul Hempstead, Cherry Milne, Faye Johnson (MI Home Care), Helen Graves, Melissa Cunnington, Jane Price, Tina Chapman (MI Home Care), Debbie Remmington, Sally Hollingsworth and Bridgette Dickinson.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, 
St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for Long Bennington Surgery.