Tributes paid to respected former Brigg headteacher

The late Brian Williams (centre left) with former students at the Briggensians Dinner in March this year.
The late Brian Williams (centre left) with former students at the Briggensians Dinner in March this year.

A remarkable and varied life and a man of great compassion and understanding.

Tributes have been paid to one of the most respected former Headteachers in North Lincolnshire.

Brian Williams, Headmaster of Brigg Grammar School in the 1960s and 1970s, has died following a short illness.

David Brittain, who taught under Mr Williams and later succeeded him as headteacher at Sir John Nelthorpe, said: “Brian transformed the school and boarding house when he arrived and was very well liked and respected by both colleagues and pupils.

“He was a man of great intellect who understood the needs of both colleagues and staff. He will be sadly missed.”

Brian grew up in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, and after obtaining a 1st Class Oxbridge degree in mathematics, served as a civil servant for the British Government in India during the partition.

And it was in India that he married his wife Margaret.

On returning to England, Brian began his teaching career.

He arrived at Brigg Grammar School in September 1959, where he served until 1979, and was headmaster through a period of considerable change in education, both nationally and locally.

He was widely recognised for the compassion he brought to the role.

With the advent of Humberside, the school became an all ability mixed comprehensive, known as Sir John Nelthorpe, and Mr Williams was its first headteacher.

On retirement in 1979 he went to live in the Horncastle area and studied for the Anglican ministry.

He was ordained in Lincoln Cathedral, becoming a non-stipendiary minister, serving churches in the rural area.

But he always retained an interest in his former school.