Death of town councillor and former mayor announced

Former Brigg Town Mayor Coun Ben Nobbs who has died. EMN-150201-090149001
Former Brigg Town Mayor Coun Ben Nobbs who has died. EMN-150201-090149001

Brigg Town Council has announced the death of Coun Ben Nobbs, a member of the council for several years and a former Town Mayor.

Known as Tony by his family, he was born in Scunthorpe; the family moved to Brigg after the death of his father.

Brought up in Bridge Street Brigg, Ben attended Brigg Grammar School and then trained to be a teacher at St John’s College York.

After qualifying, he taught for much of his career at Ridings Comprehensive School in Scunthorpe.

He later became a youth worker and for some years was leader at Winterton Youth Club.

While teaching, he also was heavily involved as an area representative with the National Association of Schoolmasters.

For many years he worked tirelessly in the Humberside Youth Service, particularly with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

His dedicated work over many years within education and the youth service was widely recognised across the area.

After retiring, he took on voluntary work with the Brigg Matters Community Newsletter and later joined Brigg Town Council.

He was the lead and main driving force in organising the town’s highly successful celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee three years ago. Crowds turned out to watch the parade and enjoy the afternoon’s activities at Brigg Recreation Ground.

He was elected Town Mayor and after his year of office continued to serve the town in a variety of roles with the council.

He was also the town’s volunteer flood warden.

Despite being seriously ill, he continued to attend meetings and council functions during 2014.

Jo Charles his niece paid tribute: “He was a lovely man. We were very close.

“He was the sort of man who had his principals and put his head above the parapet to defend them. He would always do his best for people, if he believed in something he stood by those beliefs.”

Tony Nobbs is survived by his brothers Bill and Ted, and his companion Brenda.

The funeral will be held at 10am on Wednesday January 7 at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe.