Former Town Crier and Sleafordian of the Year, Geoffrey Brocklebank, has died on Wednesday at his home in the town, aged 67.
Mr Brocklebank had been nominated for Sleafordian of the Year in the Sleaford Town Awards in recognition of his role as an ambassador for the town and for his tireless work in raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Before he retired last year through ill health, Mr Brocklebank had served as Sleaford’s town crier for 12 years.
He was presented with a silver plate in his honour when he attended the council offices to return his distinctive Bristol Green’ uniform, designed to mimic the family colours of the Marquis of Bristol, a long time land owner of the area. Mayor of Sleaford Keith Dolby said Geoff had helped ‘put Sleaford on the map’.
His clear, distinctive ‘Hear ye’, which heralded the opening of many a local event, was said to have been audible from the opposite end of town.
He and his wife Tricia were long time supporters of the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, following the death of their daughter Madeleine, aged just 11, in 1993. Geoff donated the fees for his work as town crier to the charity, for which he was a regional fundraiser for many years. He also served as Midlands regional chairman and local branch chairman.
In June 2014, the charity presented Geoff with a Certificate of Merit in recognition of his outstanding and selfless service.
It was a particularly touching speech when Mr Brocklebank accepted his Sleafordian of the Year Award back in Apri. He said the accolade was ‘incredible’.
On accepting his award at the Town Awards ceremony, he raised a laugh inviting everyone to give each other a hug, but fought back the tears as he received a standing ovation.
On his daughter’s death from leukaemia, he said: “How does one get even with a disease? You raise money, you spread the word and become involved. Sleaford is more than just a community, it’s a comfort blanket.”
He said he could not have done this without the support of the people of Sleaford. His acceptance speech can bee seen above this piece.
His funeral will be at Lincoln Crematorium on Monday January 4.
Family flowers only, but donations are invited for Bloodwise.
Arrangements are by Colin Ward Funeral Services, Boston Road, Sleaford.