Monday, January 10, 2011


Brigg Blog is very sorry to report the death of Peter Bell - former Brigg Town footballer (when they played behind the Brocklesby Ox), ex-long-serving player with Brigg Men's Hockey Club and stalwart supporter of Brigg Amateur Operatic Society. He was 83.
The funeral service will be at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe, on Friday (January 14) at 2pm, followed by refreshments at the Black Horse, Wrawby, from 3pm. Family flowers only - donations can be made in memory of Peter to St John's Church, Brigg. Cheques should be made payable to Brigg PCC. Donations may be sent c/o Richard Morris, 2 Daylesford Close, Benhall, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 6DH, or given to him on the day.
Peter was a fine footballer with Brigg Town until, one day in the 1950s, Brigg Hockey Club persuaded him to try the other winter sport. It proved a worthwhile switch and he turned into a very good player. Gradually he dropped down the teams until, in the mid-1980s, he finally hung up his stick, when he was in his late 50s. A memorable farewell evening followed in the Queen's Arms, Wrawby Street, which was then the club's social base.
Brigg Amateur Operatic Society was a very important social interest for him and he eventually produced an excellent, lavishly-illustrated book looking back on 100 years of shows in the town - the vast majority at the old Corn Exchange (now demolished). It proved very popular and sold widely.
Peter worked as an advertisement representative on the staff of the Hull Daily Mail, which ran the weekly Lincolnshire and South Humberside Times with editorial offices at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg. After retirement he worked hard among the local business community, ahead of each autumn show, drumming up support advertising to help the society.
In latter years he enjoyed indoor short-mat bowls at Brigg's Angel Suite.
A widower since 2005, Peter lived in the Bigby High Road area of Brigg for some years and was later in Riverside Mews.

1 comment:

gmsmith said...

A great sportsman and a true gentleman . Showed me the ropes when I first started playing hockey .

He will be sadly missed.