Trib­utes to charis­matic land­lord with a big heart

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

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

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