Band’s tribute for stalwart and businessman

Edward Whitehead, then president, pouring tea at the 98th Hove Edge Old Folks Treat
Edward Whitehead, then president, pouring tea at the 98th Hove Edge Old Folks Treat

Members of Clifton and Lightcliffe Band played a musical tribute to their president, Mr Edward Whitehead, at his funeral on Monday.

Mr Whitehead died at the age of 77 at his home in Hipperholme. He was diagnosed with a tumour on his lung in January.

He was chairman and former managing director of the family firm H & C Whitehead Ltd, of Prospect Works, Bailiff Bridge. His son David, current managing director, said: “It was due to my father’s foresight in investing in new machinery and diversifying into specialist textile finishing that the business survived.”

A keen sports fan, Mr Whitehead played for Old Brodleians as a teenager until a back problem forced him to stop playing in his 20s but he supported the team throughout his life.

He was a long-serving member and former president of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling Club and former captain of the ‘C’ team. Mr Whitehead did his National Service with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and was based for a time in Gibraltar. He was president of Clifton and Lightliffe Brass Band and was involved for many years with Hove Edge Old Folks’ Treat - like his father, Carl, before him.

In the last 20 years, Mr Whitehead and his partner Susan Broughton had travelled all over Europe and Scandanavia in his 1952 Alvis Drophead and had entered car rallies in the UK. Susan said: “He loved driving and we had some wonderful times exploring the countryside.”

The funeral was held at St Matthew’s Church, Lightcliffe.