Milk Marketing Board manager Tom dies aged 91

Thomas Henry Simpson. (s)
Thomas Henry Simpson. (s)

A Ribble Valley man who moved home to be nearer to his children as his health deteriorated has died at the age of 91.

Thomas Henry Simpson, known as Tom, was born in Grindleton and attended the village primary school before going on to what was then Ribblesdale Secondary Modern. He left school at the age of 14 to follow a career in farming.

Tom married Barbara Newbold from Clitheroe in 1946 and the couple had two children, Thomas and Marlene.

Aged 21, Tom became a farm manager for the War Time Agricultural Committee, taking on unproductive farms and bringing them back to full production.

At the age of 25, Tom started work for the Milk Marketing Board transport depot in Clitheroe as a driver, collecting milk from local farms. From 1964, the Milk Marketing Board sponsored the cycling Tour of Britain, known as The Milk Race, and Tom became a member of the support staff. For three weeks each year, he was engaged in race duties around the country.

In 1970, Tom was promoted to assistant transport manager at Camberley in Surrey, where he remained until he moved to the Kendal depot in 1972, retiring in 1986.

Tom and Barbara then left Kendal and settled in Torrisholme, Morecambe. Tom remained there after Barbara’s death, until 18 months ago, when his failing health brought him back to Clitheroe.