Trib­utes to Heathrow cam­paigner

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HARMONDWORTH and Sip­son res­i­dents paid mov­ing trib­utes to Heathrow Air­port cam­paigner Bryan Sobey af­ter the 87-yearold died fol­low­ing a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The for­mer chair­man and later Pres­i­dent of the Har­mondsworth and Sip­son Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion spent al­most 50 years with wife Ann to keep the com­mu­nity con­cerns heard in Hilling­don be­fore Bryan moved to Glouces­ter­shire af­ter his wife’s death.

Chair­man of Hayes Town Part­ner­ship David Brough said Bryan was “a true gen­tle­man and an in­spi­ra­tion”.

Mr Brough be­came ac­quainted with Bryan whilst an­swer­ing let­ters as a ju­nior com­mit­tee clerk for Hilling­don Coun­cil. Speak­ing of their con­tri­bu­tion to the vil­lages, he said: “I ad­mired both of them for the per­sis­tent and res­o­lute way they de­fended their com­mu­nity with un­fail­ing cour­tesy and pas­sion.

“His and Ann’s work is uniquely recog­nised in the stained glass win­dow that the coun­cil ar­ranged to have in­stalled in St Mary’s Church in Har­mondsworth af­ter Ann’s death in 2008.”

Their near half cen­tury of ser­vice is unique in the his­tory of Hilling­don Bor­ough and the leader of the coun­cil has in­di­cated his strong sup­port for the cre­ation of a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial in recog­ni­tion of their work.

For­mer neigh­bour Asha Thaker added it was a huge loss for all those who knew him, par­tic­u­larly af­ter his cam­paign work in­spired many to take up a more ac­tive role in the com­mu­nity.

Ms Thaker said: “Ann and Bryan were two peo­ple who fought for what oth­ers wanted to do for the vil­lages, but weren’t brave enough or de­ter­mined enough. “

The vet­eran anti Heathrow Air­port third run­way cam­paigner was a driv­ing force be­hind the No Third Run­way Ac­tion Group (NTRAG) and fea­tured on tele­vi­sion sev­eral times speak­ing on be­half of those in the area.

Bryan’s fu­neral is to be held at Wester­leigh Cre­ma­to­rium in Glouces­ter­shire on April 18.

n MUCH LOVED: Bryan Sobey with the win­dow ded­i­cated to his late wife Ann Photo by Ais­ling Mag­ill

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