Ringing tribute to Shropshire bell ringer and golfer

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Peals of bells were rung across Britain and beyond in memory of a Shropshire publican.

Philip Rothera, 71, was the landlord of the Cross Keys at Selattyn near Oswestry for over 25 years and was also a well known bellringer and golfer.

He lost a four-year battle with cancer on January 13, passing away at home surrounded by his family. He leaves a widow, Hilda, two sons, three daughters and seven grandchildren.

His son, Brian, said he had been a tower captain in his home in Essex and had rung bells in churches across the world.

"There have already been a dozen peals rung in his honour, including one in Perth, Australia, and one here in St Oswalds, Oswestry."

Mr Rothera moved to the area from Essex to run a farm at Erbistock.

"When the farm closed and he took redundancy he decided to use it to move to the Cross Keys as beer and pubs had always been a passion.

"It was a new life for him and his new wife in Selattyn and one that they loved," Mr Rothera said.

"The village fete was held there every year and with no village hall, lots of organisations used the function room. Dad also raised lots of money for charities over the years with various events."


Mr Rothera also enjoyed golf and was a member and former captain of the Mile End Golf Club.

His son said: "He fought cancer for four years and we are indebted to Dr Brian Johnson from Chirk and the district nurses."

A thanksgiving service will be held in Selattyn Church at midday on Thursday (29) with donations to be shared between the District and the Marie Curie nurses.

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