Friday, March 03, 2017


At the funeral service held for Cliff Padley yesterday, Brigg Rotary Club members formed a guard of honour at the entrance to St Hybald's Church, Scawby.
Cliff, who lived in Scawby for many years, was a former president and secretary of the club who died, aged 83.
He grew up in Grammar School Road, Brigg, and attended Glebe Road School.
Supporting Brigg Town FC was one of his main interests over many years. But he loved all sports. 
His working life included spells as a printer and a sports journalist, working in Brigg, Gainsborough and Scunthorpe.
Cliff ended his career at the Scunthorpe Telegraph, where his duties as senior sports reporter/sub-editor were supplemented by lunch-time stints spent setting the Stop Press column using one of the last Linotype hot metal printing machines at work in a newspaper office anywhere in the UK.
This important role meant the latest news, sports reports and football scores could be added on the back page of the edition already on the press at the paper's base in Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe.
One of Cliff's proudest moments was being involved in covering Brigg Town FC's victory in the 1996 FA Vase final at the original Wembley Stadium, in London.
Many former colleagues from Cliff's time at the Evening Telegraph were present at a well-attended service held to celebrate his life. 
The funeral service was conducted by the Rev Jeff Wilson and the Rev David Eames.
Arrangements were by Jason Threadgold Funeral Director, Burringham Road, Scunthorpe.

NF ADDS: Cliff's retirement party at Harry Wu's Kar Restaurant, on Old Courts Road, Brigg, is still remembered by all of us who attended. I first got to know Cliff well during the early 1980s when he was the Brigg district reporter for the Star weekly newspaper and I was working for the rival Lincolnshire & South Humberside Times. We later worked together for almost 10 years on the Scunthorpe Telegraph, where his versatility in the sports department and on the Linotype was unrivalled and much admired by his colleagues. His knowledge of many sports was extensive. As his son, Andrew, rightly said in his tribute at yesterday's funeral service, Cliff felt all sports were worthy of inclusion in a local newspaper. Cliff was just as happy compiling pigeon club reports and typesetting the racing results as he was writing about Scunthorpe United, Brigg Town and other football teams. 

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