CHARLIE Ingle, the unofficial ‘Mayor of Clifton’, has died at the age of 92.
Tributes have been paid to the former farmer and pillar of the community in Clifton where he lived all his life.
Mr Ingle was one of the founders and first chairman of Clifton Village Community Association and played a key role in the success of Clifton Rangers, helping to found the junior soccer club in the early 1960s and to re-establish it in the early 1980s.
He was also a familiar figure at agricultural shows throughout the country and especially at the Yorkshire Show where he helped his friend and neighbour Mr Jack Henry exhibit Hereford cattle. On his 80th birthday, Mr Ingle was presented with an engraved trophy by the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association.
Mr Ingle had been diagnosed with prostate cancer about two years ago .
His friend Graham Ward said: “Charlie was a man of Clifton. He got things done for the village and he brought people together. He knew everybody in the village and he went out of his way to talk to people.”
Another friend and neighbour Mr John Horsley said: “A lot of people thought Charlie was the Mayor of Clifton. He hardly ever went on holiday - he just loved being in the village.
“He helped countless children learn to ride on ponies on his farm and he was a huge enthusiast for village life. He worked tirelessly with others and managed to build a community centre for all of us to use, he also sat on the committee and helped to run it for many years.
“He kept village traditions going such as the annual Faffen Fuffen event, the street parade and the hog roast. He loved a pint and even had a special glass waiting for him in the Black Horse. He could pluck and dress pheasants, skin rabbits, deliver calves, grow chrysanthemums and he had a great personality.”
Members of Clifton Rangers paid tribute to Mr Ingle with a minute’s silence at their junior soccer tournament, which has been renamed in his honour, at the weekend.
Chairman Mr Christopher Smith said thousands of youngsters owed their enjoyment of football to Charlie Ingle.
The Rev Steph Jenner said Mr Ingle stayed lifelong friends with the people he grew up with and was admired by the following generations in the village.
Clifton villagers are also planning to collect for a memorial bench to be put in the centre of Clifton.
Mrs Inge Ingle said she wanted to thank the Macmillan and Marie Curie nurses, carers, friends and neighbours who had helped her husband during his illness.
Mr and Mrs Ingle, who met in 1955 when Inge was working for Lady Armytage, were married for 55 years.