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Brian Hunter.... A son, brother, an uncle and friend.    Brian was born in Hexham Northumberland the youngest of 4 brothers  He attended Hexham Grammar school and then went on to attend King’s College  Newcastle and graduated with a BSc first class honours. During this time he had to defer  his studies as he did National Service in Malta.  As a Scientist he initially worked for the  research department of Lever brothers ( known now as unilever) this was based in  Newcastle and he was heavily involved in the scientific composition of domestos – he  used to say to us that it was perfectly all right to gargle with domestos but we were  never quite sure!  He was then asked to transfer to the Unilever research and development laboratory in  Port Sunlight where he undertook research into the chemical configuration of a variety  of washing products and in particular in those which allowed clothes to be washed at  lower temperatures. He worked there until his retirement. When he retired the first  thing he had to do was buy a washing machine because throughout his working life his  weekly wash had been used to trial a variety of soap powders. As a school boy Brian, as well as being studious, was very keen on the out of doors. He  had the opportunity to attend The 6th World Scout Jamboree in 1947, held in France, the previous one being in 1937 . There was a gap during the war years.  This was the first  jamboree to have been held after Baden-Powell's death in 1941. Brian was a very keen sportsman and played cricket and rugby for Tynedale. I talked to his great friend Terry Darling who said’ Brian was associated with Tynedale  Cricket Club from boyhood. A schoolboy prodigy – both in the classroom and on the  sportsfield – where he captained Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in virtually  everything. At Tynedale as an opening bowler and middle order batsman he played a  number of years for the first XI before moving down to captain the second XI. It is however as Secretary of the Club that Tynedale will  for ever be in his debt, for he  held the post from 1959 until leaving the area for Birkenhead in 1972, a period in which  he had seen; the new clubhouse under way, opened in 1961 and Tynedale engage a  professional cricketer, a characterful West Indian who Brian took under his wing and  with whom enjoyed numerous boisterous nights. Very clear sighted and strong willed he  belonged to that category which suffered fools not at all !! There can be no doubt  whatever of the debt the Club owes to Brian in making it a respected and powerful force  in north-east cricket – a legacy which maintains to this day”  Brian took his sporting prowess to the Rugby field too and played in numerous matches,  captaining the team and travelling all over with them. Moving to Birkenhead for his work meant that Brian was no longer able to play for Rugby  or Cricket for Tynedale. It wasn’t long before he joined Birkenhead Park Rugby Club and  Cricket Club and  a long association with these clubs began. At the Rugby Club Brian was involved in numerous ways – he was chair of the house  committee and ran the bar, was on match committees, club secretary, and travelled  with the 1st team. Brian was a character and had a great sense of humour. Latterly he has been attending  the monthly lunches for the Senior Section of the rugby club.   Brian was also a very keen and talented umpire and umpired for Park cricket club for  many years.   Brian was also a member of the Wirral Manx Society Whilst in Hexham Brian attended St. Aidan’s URC church and on moving to Birkenhead he  became a member of Trinity with Palmgrove church. Brian always wanted to be an  active member of anything he was involved in and over the years was a committed  member of this church - he was an elder and on the church council, he used to help  transport members of the congregation in his car and bringing them to church, and I  believe he caused a bit of a stir with his implementation of some  health and safety  procedures. He enjoyed the more traditional style of worship and our telephone  conversations often involved him telling me what he had been up to at church and his  opinion of what should be happening. Brian had a full and happy life, he made the most of any opportunities offered to him.  He always put all his energy into the groups he was involved in and was never  frightened to speak his mind Brian always ended any conversation that you had with him with the words “S’long” So s’long Uncle Brian we will miss you Into the freedom of wind and sunshine. We let you go, Into the dance of the stars and  the planets , We let you go , Into the wind's breath and the hands of the star maker, We  let you go , We love you, we miss you, we want you to be happy  Go safely, go flying, go  running  home.  My memories of Brian Hunter by Ken Tasker Brian was a much-liked member of Trinity with Palm Church, having known it down the ages as Trinity Presbyterian, Trinity URC and, finally, Trinity with Palm Grove (URC/Methodist Church) LEP.  So he  witnessed a great many changes down the years.  He had been part of the fabric as one of the longest serving elders with 57 years of service.  Rumour has it that as a lad, he rubbed shoulders with the Church’s founder, Samuel Stitt. As a “Johnny Come Lately”, having walked up the road from Palm Grove with the Methies, in the 1970s, I found a natural affinity with Brian and enjoyed his company.  This was especially so at “Toy Boys”, our regular social meeting at the Caernavon with some of the lads from Church.  He and I would rush to the bar and somehow he always won with the retort “What would you like to drink?”   His was always a pint and one to follow.  My turn to pay. We then took advantage of “the two meals for one” offers.  Life’s going to be hard if I have to pay the full price now. As an elder, Brian served for many years on what became known as the Church Council. There was always a certain anticipation at Church Council when Brian was present as he was always prepared to speak his mind and especially on controversial matters.  The more controversial the better and I frequently shared his view.  Every Church Council should have its “Brian”.  There was, however, a problem of communication in so far as the louder he got, and he could be loud, the more excited and voluble he became.  This could be to such an extent that few of us could interpret correctly his rich Geordie accent. As a good friend of mine, I will miss Brian and look forward to meeting up with him above - “But not just yet, Brian”.  As a result of the creation of the Tower of Babel, I wonder if God speaks “Geordie”!
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