Knaresborough unites to remember community hero

Maurice Bardon.
Maurice Bardon.

Friends and committee members alike will have their chance to say farewell to a Knaresborough stalwart who dedicated years of his life to the community.

Maurice Bardon died suddenly, aged 57, in August this year, leaving people in the town ‘shocked’ and ‘devastated’.

But now, the Knaresborough Chamber of Trade have organised a memorial for the former chamber president, to give friends the chance to pay their respects.

President of the Chamber, Steve Teggin said: “He was very much a local character in Knaresborough, who anyone could call on for advice and help, he was always willing to help whether he knew someone or not.

“It happened so quickly and suddenly and a lot of people were shocked and didn’t have chance to say farewell to him.”

Originally from Thirsk, a funeral for Mr Bardon was held with his family back home.

But for the last decade, Mr Bardon has owned and run the Old Chemist Shop and Lavendar Tea Rooms on Market Place.

During that time he also stood as president of the Chamber of Trade for six years, and championed festivities, events and causes in Knaresborough.

As well as being instrumental in the return of the Easter Fayre and Christmas Market, Mr Bardon also supported the council’s Christmas light switch on by donating sweets for Santa every year and provided chairs for the town’s silver band.

Members of the town council and the chamber committee have been invited to prepare a few words for the memorial and Knaresborough Mayor Coun Bill Rigby (Green) said they were all saddened by the news.

The mayor said: “They are all devastated really. He was such a caring man who was a part in a range of activities that the town was involved in, particularly festive ones and ones which put Knaresborough in the public eye.

“He touched so many people’s lives and it will be a celebration of his life and I hope we will give him a good send off.”

The memorial will be held today at Holy Trinity Church, Gracious Street, on Monday October 17 at 11am.