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R.I.P - Harry Baldwin

It is with much regret that at St. Andrew’s Burton upon Stather we have to record the death of Vice Captain Harry Baldwin at the age of 69, on 16th March 2012.

Harry learned to ring during the late 50’s with former Lincoln Guild Master Jack Bray. His peal activity was not extensive, but he loyally supported his own and adjoining towers, being quietly annoyed by bad striking and attempts at advanced ringing with more than one ‘learner’ in the band.

His career started as an apprentice joiner, and later qualifications led to building inspection positions with North Lincolnshire Council. He was publicly remembered at the Scunthorpe United football ground on 17th March by an announcement of his passing, noting in particular his role as building inspector for the construction of the latest stand; he was also a season ticket holder there.

Apart from his football interest, Harry was also keen on country walks and cricket, and subsequent to playing the game, he became official scorer to the local team at Alkborough.

Many of us in the ringing and village communities will very much miss his skills, knowledge, and helpful nature. Harry’s funeral took place at St. Andrew’s with an overflowing church on 28th March 2012.

John Foreman, Captain, St. Andrew’s.