Saturday, 21 January 2012

A tribute to John Ryde by the Hinckley Times

A further tribute to John has been noted by various people, which we reproduce here. Unfortunately, I cannot find a link to it online so apologies for that. It was printed in the Hinckley Times on January 12th.

Tributes flooding in after death of popular villager


Tribute has been paid to John Ryde, a member of Newbold Verdon Parish council and village personality, who died on December 29th after a long fight against cancer.
Mr. Ryde, who was 73, gained a mayor's award for outstanding services in the borough in 2003 and 5 years later was the British National Party (BNP) East Midlands Activist of the Year.
He stood as a candidate for the BNP in district, county and Parliamentary elections.
An active member of the parish council, he took the lead on the crime and safety forum.
Clerk to the council Rick Bell said: "He was also an active supporter and contributor to the Neighbourhood Watch scheme. He gave very generously in many ways both materially and personally. He will however be best remembered for his involvement with the jazz club which he ran at Newbold Verdon Working Mens' Club for many years. Many famous bands attended and fans came from all over the country.
"In the civic year 1995-96, the then mayor asked John if he would be willing to run an event in aid of his charity. John kindly agreed and approximately £1,000 was raised on the night. John did this for several years for consecutive mayors and over the years raised a considerable amount of money."
A well-known wrestler on the circuit in his younger days, Mr. Ryde's working life was in sales and marketing.
On the BNP website, East Midlands regional organiser Geoff Dickens led tributes from the party to which almost 30 comments were added.
Mr. Dickens wrote: "I first met John around 1974 [when] we were both active nationalists. John had resigned from the Conservative party after the disgusting treatment of Enoch Powell by Heath. He had been a Monday Club member.
"I will always remember John's sense of humour. No matter how bad things were he always had a quip at hand to lighten the situation," added Mr. Dickens.
Alwyn Deacon, West Midlands organiser, wrote: "He was one of the party's best and will be missed but never forgotten."
Mr. Ryde leaves a son and daughter, their spouses and five grandchildren.
The funeral service was held on Monday at Nuneaton. There were family flowers only, donations in lieu being for Macmillan Cancer Support.


Anonymous said...

I was astounded when I read the tribute in the Hinckley Times. Normally the newspaper will never mention the BNP and any letters to the editor that mention or promote the bnp in any way are returned with a note saying:
"Under the existing Government guidelines we are unable to print your letter on this occasion."
David Egginton

Anonymous said...

It's so very sad to see a good man go. Blessings go out to his family.