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Tributes paid to Bridgnorth community figure Beryl

By Rory Smith | Bridgnorth | News | Published:

Tributes have been paid to a well-known community figure and former member of the Bridgnorth Comrades Club.

Horace and Beryl Greatwich

Beryl Joan Greatwich died at the age of 95 on Thursday, July 18.

About 60 people attended her funeral held at St Mary's Church on East Castle Street, Bridgnorth on Monday.

A former employee at Star Aluminium, Beryl and her husband Horace sold produce from their garden at the town's market under the Town Hall to raise money for a number of local charities.

Acting as the stewardess for Bridgnorth Comrades Club during its 1960s to 1990s heydays, she took care of catering and organised countless charitable events.

Her husband Horace was both the club's entertainment and horticultural secretary and her sister-in-law, Joyce, was married to club secretary Frank Dicken. The club at the time was led by president Jack Crosby.

Speaking after her funeral, Chris Jepson, former Comrades Club committee member and close friend, said: "Had she not lived until the ripe old age of 95, there can be no doubt that those present would have spilled out of the church onto East Castle Street."

He added: "It is a fact that, alongside husband Horace, the Comrades Club became Beryl's second home.

"All those committee members and staff that played a part in the building of the new club in Listley Street in the 1960s are no longer with us – Beryl was indeed the last of the few."

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The club, which organised community, social and charity events, was considered popular but went into decline before closing its doors in 2007.

In the same year the club closed, Beryl, who has been a widow for the last 21 years, lost her only son, Philip.

Beryl’s living descendants include daughter Christine and grandchildren Jane, Gary, Laura and Paul.

Mr Jepson added: "Beryl should be remembered not only for being one of the rocks in the Comrades Club hall of fame, but also of being a true reflection of the Bridgnorth spirit. One of Bridgnorth’s not to be forgotten heroines."

The Comrade Club's former headquarters in Listley Street, which had also been home to a nightclub, was empty for a number of years before being developed into six flats.

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Trainee news reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Ketley office in Telford.

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