Ernie is laid to rest at the win­ning post

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - By news re­porter news­ Twit­ter@thescar­boronews

The win­ning post at York Race­course is now the last rest­ing place of Scar­bor­ough man Ernie Ship­ton Pen­ning­ton.

The ashes of 84-year-old Ernie were scat­tered by his widow Doreen and friends.

He had been a stal­wart mem­ber of the race­course for many years and or­gan­ised his di­a­mond wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion there in a pri­vate box over­look­ing the win­ning post.

His in­ter­est in horses be­gan as a young boy and he went on to study the pedi­gree of the an­i­mals.

Ernie bought a pad­dock off Whitby Road, Cloughton, which he en­joyed mow­ing and main­tain­ing in keep­ing with the beauty of the en­vi­ron­ment. He worked with the GPO (later BT), start­ing as a tele­graph boy and moved up through the sys­tem. He loved meet­ing the gen­eral pub­lic, said his wife.

“He is sadly missed by his old rac­ing friends,” she added.

Ernie was born in Bur­ton­wood, Lan­cashire, where he at­tended the vil­lage school and his favourite sub­ject was math­e­mat­ics. The cou­ple moved to Gristhorpe and he be­queathed a dona­tion to the vil­lage hall for main­te­nance, as a thank you for the the happy years he spent in the vil­lage.

Ernie trag­i­cally died from an ag­gres­sive form of can­cer which he had seem­ingly beaten at one stage, and he died at Cas­tle Hill hos­pi­tal in Hull.

Do­na­tions amount­ing to £300 went to St Cather­ine’s Hospice.

A fam­ily friend said: “Ernie was a friendly, great man and loved talk­ing about cars, ma­chines and horses.”

If you wish to pay tribute to a fam­ily mem­ber or friend who passed away, email The Scar­bor­ough News at news­

Doreen and Ernie in court­ing days, 1953. In­set, their di­a­mond wed­ding

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