Tributes for popular local historian

The Lords FeoffeesBernard Langton
The Lords FeoffeesBernard Langton

A popular local historian, market salesman and member of Bridlington’s Lords Feoffees, has passed away aged 85, being described as “a wonderful man with a very big heart”.

Bernard R Langton, born on 24 May 1929 , first entered the market stall trade after his ageing parents began struggling with their stall.

He went on to start his own business on King Street which he did for 50 years, however Bernard was also well known for the historical talks he gave as he was also elected into the Lords Feoffees in 1995 before becoming Chief Lord in 2003 and 2009.

A spokesperson from the Lords Feoffees, said:“Bernard Langton was a dedicated and much valued member of the Town Trust or Lords Estate and always took part in the many varied and involved duties and activities of the Lords Feoffees all of which are done on a voluntary basis.”

Bernard’s widow, Brenda, said: “There are so many good memories, I can’t really pick just one.

“We met when I was 15 and he was 16 during a dance at Bridlington Spa.”

Bernard’s daughter, Christine Turner, said: “He was wonderful man - a very big hearted man.

“David, his grandson, was an important part of his life as he spent a lot of time with him and took him on trips.”

Bernard, who was also one of three honorary members at Bridlington Augustian Society, gave annual lectures on his favourite subjects, local and military history .

Christine added: “He had a recording of an air-raid siren that he would sound during his talks, and he would shout ‘shut all the windows and turn off all the lights!’”

Bernard is also credited for setting up the Green Howards military room in the Bayle Museum, where he was a volunteer and guide. He was made an honourary member of the Bridlington branch of the Green Howards for services rendered - Bernard’s colourful and varied life also saw him take on the role of harbour commissioner.

Chris Wright, the chair of Harbour Commissioners, said: “He was an excellent local historian and will be sadly missed.”

Bernard’s funeral was held at the Priory Church with friends attending from as far away as Swindon and Norfolk.