Tribute to Worle businessman

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 May 2011

(click on image for larger view) Worle village club trustees, bench in memory of Bert Skidmore,  mike  Skidmore, Graham Clarke, richard Knowles and Ian Porter on worle high street.

(click on image for larger view) Worle village club trustees, bench in memory of Bert Skidmore, mike Skidmore, Graham Clarke, richard Knowles and Ian Porter on worle high street.

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A FITTING tribute to a well-respected businessman has been put in Worle High Street.

Albert Skidmore, known as Bert to his friends, died last year at the age of 84.

He was one of the founders of Worle Village Club, so fellow members decided they would put a bench in the High Street so that there will be a lasting memory in the area where Bert spent many of his days.

Trustee chairman Ian Porter and secretary Graham Clarke met with Bert’s son Mike to present the bench to him.

Ian said: “We thought that this would be a fitting tribute to Bert as he was such a long-standing businessman in the High Street and a huge part of the village.”

The PCT gave permission for the bench to be put on its land outside the doctors’ surgery and Weston In Bloom’s Richard Knowles presented a planter to put beside it.

Mike added: “I’d like to thank the trustees for the thought that has gone into putting the bench in the High Street.

“It is a fitting tribute to dad, with it being opposite the place he worked for most of his life.”

Bert, a father-of-two and grandfather-of-seven, ran S.H. Skidmore & Sons in the High Street for about 70 years.

He took over the business in the 1940s from his father Stanley Hubert, the man who started the business in 1919 in the same location as it stands now.

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