Tributes to charismatic landlord with a big heart
TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular landlord who raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Brian Smith was a familiar and friendly face for hundreds of punters at The Mulberry Bush in Hurdsfield for five years.
He was known as a ‘Del Boy’ after years working in sales and a tendency for picking up a bargain – but also worked tirelessly for charities with events at the pub.
The grandad-of-one was 68 when he died on Saturday, November 12, a year after being first diagnosed with cancer of the tongue, jaw and throat.
It was treated with radiotherapy but he became ill again a few weeks ago with lung cancer.
His son Dean, 44, said he will be missed by many in Macclesfield after moving to the town nearly 40 years ago.
He said: “Dad had real charisma and everyone loved him. He was so friendly and helpful. He was at the heart of the community in the pub and injected so much energy into the place.”
Brian was born in Derby in 1948 and moved to Macclesfield in the late 1970s with his wife at the time Margaret, Dean and his brother Paul.
They lived on Prestbury Road to be closer to Brian’s work as a salesman at Wardle Fabrics in Chinley.
He later set up his own companies, Lynstone Textiles which sold soft furnishings, and OB Promotions, which had contracts selling bedding sets for football clubs including Manchester United and kids characters such as Action Man.
It was after he closed his companies and spent some time working for Pendlebury Manor Nursing Home that he took the opportunity to become the boss at the Mulberry Bush, where he knew the locals as a regular himself.
Dean, who lives in Chapel-en-le-Frith, said: “Dad was really successful selling the branded bedding. It was a multi-million pound company.
“He was always buying and selling stuff, a real Del Boy character or like Arthur Daley from Minder, with his Jaguar and the same kind of coat.
“He’d go to auctions and we didn’t know what he was going to come back with next.
“But he was so kindhearted too, raising money for Help for Heroes and The Christie.
“He couldn’t do enough for us and loved Macclesfield and its people. He made it his own.
“We’ll all miss him very much.”
Brian’s funeral service and committal is at Macclesfield Crematorium today (Wednesday, November 23) at 9.20am.
Brian Smith in 2015 with the results of one of his many charity fundraising events at the Mulberry Bush, with the women who helped put it together