Volunteer Jim is remembered

Grandson Vaughan  Alcroft and grand-daughter Rebecca Alcroft sit on the bench dedicated to their grandad, well known local volunteer Jim Alcroft. Right is Deputy Town Mayor James Truepenny who cut the tape. Joining them are friends and family. EMN-141030-063548001
Grandson Vaughan Alcroft and grand-daughter Rebecca Alcroft sit on the bench dedicated to their grandad, well known local volunteer Jim Alcroft. Right is Deputy Town Mayor James Truepenny who cut the tape. Joining them are friends and family. EMN-141030-063548001
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A Brigg man who gave his retirement years to voluntary work locally is to be remembered in years to come.

A bench has been dedicated to the memory of Jim Alcroft and his wife Amber, who have both died in the past two years.

Family and friends gathered at the new bench opposite the entrance to Station Road by the old Post Office sorting office.

Jim’s grand-daughter Rebecca spoke on behalf of the family.

“It is good to think that people in North Lincolnshire thought so highly of him. He supported the campaign to reduce Humber Bridge tolls, led the Ancholme Seniors Forum and Fresh Start, he was interested in the maintenance of local paths and roads,” she told the gathering of family and friends by the new seat.

Deputy Town Mayor James Truepenny said: “I am sure this seat will soon become a well used resting place.

“The attendance this morning is testament to Jim’s commitment in the town. This is a perfect place opposite Station Road.

“Jim also campaigned for so long and was very passionate about better rail services through Brigg.”

Jim and Amber’s three sons Mark, Nicholas and Adrian all attended, Adrian travelling specially from the United States. Grandson Vaughan was also there.

Coun Truepenny sent the good wishes of Town Mayor Edward Arnott who was unable to attend due to his work.

He also passed on the thanks of the Mayor for all Jim and Amber had done, particularly for senior citizens.

Former Town Mayor John Kitwood attended as did Town Clerk Jeanette Woollard and Assistant Clerk Alison Hannath.