Showbiz pals including Tony Christie attend funeral of South Yorkshire musical director Mike Ryal

Showbiz pals including singing legend Tony Christie and TV comedy veteran Tommy Cannon joined family and friends at a packed South Yorkshire church to say goodbye to former musical director Mike Ryal.
Edward Tolan

Edward Tolan, wartime airman

Edward Tolan, who has died at 94, was a retired Squadron Leader who flew 30 perilous nighttime missions over military targets in Germany during 1943 alone, and whose bravery was rewarded with the presentation of the Distinguished Flying Medal by King George VI.

Fr Francis Dobson

Fr Francis Dobson, Ampleforth monk

Fr Francis Dobson, who has died at 78, was a Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire, who had a previous career in textiles and accountancy.

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Reg Jessop

Reg Jessop, rugby union stalwart

Reg Jessop, who has died at 95, was a pillar of the Leeds rugby union community whose love for the sport spanned almost a century.

Jim Horsley

Jim Horsley, estate agent and showman

Jim Horsley, who has died at 82, was a long-time senior partner of the Yorkshire estate agent Dacre, Son and Harley, who also revelled in the unofficial title of Ilkley’s “Mr Entertainment”.

Peter Berry

Peter Berry, accountant and fundraiser

Peter Berry, who has died at 83, was a renowned fundraiser and horse racing expert who had been a pillar of the Scarborough business community for decades.

James Sugden

James Sugden, textile industrialist

James Sugden OBE, who has died at 71, was a leading figure in the Yorkshire and Scottish textiles industry, whose commitment to maintaining traditional skills won him Royal patronage.

Marcus Levey

Marcus Levey, artist and club owner

Marcus Levey, who has died at 79, was an artist, showman and nightclub owner, who can lay claim to having brought the swinging sixties to the north.

Mary Beal

Mary Beal, company director

Mary Beal, who has died at 76, was a director of the East Yorkshire housebuilder that bears her name but had also, in extraordinary career, been a dancer, fashion model and sportswoman.

Kit Sollitt

Kit Sollitt, steelworker and campaigner

Kit Sollitt, who died on New Year’s Eve, at 98, was one of Sheffield’s last surviving “Women of Steel”, whose contribution to the war effort has been commemorated by the statue that now stands in the city’s Barker’s Pool.

Much missed: Bill Glenton

Tributes paid to 'remarkable' Hull fishmonger Billy Glenton

Tributes have been pouring in for much-loved "Hessle Road legend" fishmonger Billy Glenton, who has died after a short illness.

Scientist and TV presenter Professor Heinz Wolff, who has died aged 89. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

Great Egg Race presenter Heinz Wolff dies aged 89

Renowned scientist and presenter of The Great Egg race Heinz Wolff has died aged 89.

Richard Fillingham

Rev Richard Fillingham, Sheffield vicar

Rev Richard Fillingham, who has died at 59, was a Sheffield clergyman known to all and sundry in Ecclesall as Rick the Vic.

James Else. Picture: SWNS

James Else MBE, Dunkirk veteran

James Else, who has died seven months short of his 100th birthday, was a Dunkirk veteran and a tireless advocate for other survivors of the campaign.

David Martin

David Martin, artist

David Martin, who has died at 65, was a respected artist whose painting of the fictitious Rover’s Return could be seen on the set of the Coronation Street for many years.

Don Kynman in costume

Don Kynman, Scarborough singer

Don Kynman, who has died at 92, was the John Hanson of Scarborough, a bass baritone whose 6ft 6in stature as well as his voice lent gravitas to his favourite role of Ali Ben Ali in the Amateur Operatic Society’s performances of The Desert Song.


Obituary: Stephen Hines, Leeds sculptor and teacher

Stephen Hines, who has died at 68 following a stroke, was an inspirational teacher in his native Yorkshire and an internationally-renowned sculptor whose commissions included a statue of the Madonna and Child for the Vatican.

Keith Chegwin has died at 60

Troubled children’s TV ‘chum’ Chegwin dead at 60

HE was the Peter Pan who never outgrew the chirpy, cheeky persona he created for himself on children’s TV.

Anthony Gillott

Anthony Gillott, Sheffield landlord

The popular Sheffield landlord Anthony Gillott, who has died at 76, was credited with being the first in the city to offer his customers meals with their drinks.

2012: Peter Walwyn is made an MBE, for services to horseracing, by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Peter Walwyn racehorse trainer

Peter Walwyn, who has died at 84, was a giant of the turf – a champion racehorse trainer inextricably linked with the village of Lambourn, which he helped to turn into one of the country’s major training centres.

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