Friday, June 04, 2021


The funeral service for Peter Thompson, the well-known former Brigg sportsman and teacher, will be held on Friday, June 18 at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Caistor, from 1.30pm, it has now been announced.
With some national restrictions still applying to funerals, the attendance permitted will be limited to 30 but the service will be broadcast to those friends who can't be accommodated inside the church.
Tributes continue to be paid to Peter, who forged a successful second career as a photo-journalist after opting to take early retirement from secondary school teaching.
He was educated at Brigg Grammar School, and the former pupils' and staff association, The Briggensians, has now posted the funeral arrangements and the thoughts of some who knew him well.
Adrian Broome, who played hockey for Brigg with Peter for many years, says his "friendly character, his sense of humour and willingness to make fun out of his own experiences meant he was well known and liked, and these are some of the many reasons why his friends will miss him."

Andrew 'Sass' Markham, former Brigg councillor and long-serving goalkeeper with the local club, described Peter as "a true gent."
Brigg Blog has been reflecting on Peter's contributions to local sport...
While a teacher at the Vale of Ancholme School, he worked hard to develop cricket - encouraging many pupils who later become successful players with local clubs, including Brigg, Broughton and South Kelsey.
We think he played in Brigg Town Cricket Club's first game in the Lincolnshire League after gaining admission to the leading county competition in 1976. This fixture was at the Recreation Ground against a team from Lincoln.
He gave hockey coaching in the Vale of Ancholme Sports Hall, off Grammar School Road, and was a notable player.
But his contribution off the field, as a leading club official and umpire, was perhaps more significant.
The January trip he organised to his favourite Colwyn Bay resort in Wales will never be forgotten by the Brigg teams he took there on a Wilby's bus (from Hibaldstow) to play friendlies against the local club. Glorious sunny weather helped.
On another occasion, when one of the lower Brigg teams found itself at the Queens Arms, on Wrawby Street, without sufficent transport to get to an away game in York (due to an administrative oversight) two hired cars from a local dealership were immediately sanctioned and the Brigg lads set off in time to fulfil the fixture.
Mike Campion, a former Brigg Town Mayor, tells us he has happy memories of meeting Peter at Colwyn Bay to watch Glamorgan matches in the County Cricket Championship over many years.

PICTURED: Peter Thompson when he was Brigg Hockey Club's chairman, and the Vale of Ancholme Sports Hall where he coached players (building since demolished).