Family man is remembered

Wayne Carr, Harvey Nunn, Annette Jones, Janet Roebuck, Sarah Jones, Betty Watkins, Arron Barden, Jamie Roebuck, Hollie Roebuck - Charity fundraising
Wayne Carr, Harvey Nunn, Annette Jones, Janet Roebuck, Sarah Jones, Betty Watkins, Arron Barden, Jamie Roebuck, Hollie Roebuck - Charity fundraising
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A MUCH-loved family man will be remembered at a charity evening in his honour - held at the club he held dear.

Brian Watkins, 72, of South Kirkby, died of cancer last July.

His wife Betty, of Church Avenue, and daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Keaton Roebuck, are hoping to raise as much cash as possible for Cancer Research UK with a evening of entertainment next weekend.

Mr Roebuck, who knew Mr Watkins for 30 years, said: “He was a lovely man and I hope we can raise as much money as possible for this brilliant charity.

“He was fit before he passed away, even at 70 he would say he was ‘just going down the street to cut the grass for an old lady’.

“He didn’t class himself as being elderly. That was just the helpful kind of bloke he was.”

Mr Watkins was a well respected member of the community. He worked at Frickley Colliery for all of his life and was a regular at the Miners Welfare Club – known to many as the cricket club.

So the family felt it was only fitting to hold the night there.

The entertainment includes singer Ebony Preston and a Take That tribute band.

There will also be a comedian and Coronation Street’s PC Henshaw, also known as Darren Johnson, will be the compare for the evening.

It takes place on November 4, at South Kirkby’s Miners Welfare Club, Millars Walk, and starts at 7pm. Entrance is by donation.

The family is looking for sponsors, raffle and auction prizes. To help contact Mr Roebuck on 01977 658662.