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A Quorn Funeral - Mr Tom Bates

Loughborough Echo - 10th May 1935

The funeral of Mr Tom Bates, of Quorn, who died on Monday of last week, in his 77th year, took place on Friday, Canon Rumsey conducting the service.

Mr Bert Brown, of Bury St Edmunds, nephew of the deceased, was the chief mourner, and Mr John Thornton, an old friend, and treasurer of the local lodge of Oddfellows, also attended.

Mr Bates was a trustee of the Blooming Rose Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, and has carried on the trade of a wheelwright for many years at the corner of School Lane and Leicester Road.

Many people remember the old yard with its paint-smeared gates, where the Bates family had worked for many years until, in 1897, the property was acquired by Messrs M Wright and Sons, who, to mark their purchase, in Diamond Jubilee year, placed a small diamond of granite over the top window of the row of houses, No 44, Leicester-road, now occupied by Mr W Preston.

The bearers were Messrs Bert Thornton, secretary of the lodge, G W Barker, a trustee, T Holmes and W Preston. A wreath was sent by the Lodge.

See artefact 50 for a photograph of the wheelwright and shop.

 Submitted on: 2010-01-19
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 725
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