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Harold Mitchell 1916 - 2010

Harold was born in New Street in 1916 and stayed in the village for the rest of his life, dedicating a large part of it to helping others. He started his education in the primary school on Cotes Road and as the system was then, moved onto the big school in Church Street. When he had finished his schooling at the age of 14, he had several jobs: he was a joiner with Mr Hind of Briggs Hill, Barrow, delivery boy for Bonsor's Bakery in Quorn, a joiner for Clemersons of Loughborough and finally a knitter at Drivers Hosiery in the village. He stayed at Drivers for over 49 years with a six year break when he was serving with the REME during the Second World War. Harold fought all through the European campaign but like most men of his time was very modest, and didn't talk about his experiences. One can only imagine the memories he carried with him.

Harold fought all through the European campaign,but like most men of his time was very modest, and didn't talk about his experiences. One can only imagine the memories he carried with him.

Harold met Lucie, a young lady from Belton near Hepworth in Lincolnshire and made her his wife in 1945. They were married for an incredible 63 years, having three children, two girls Ann & Elaine and a son Les. Elaine has fond memories of travelling in a little green van with Harold when he delivered the Sunday papers for Clarks and later on for Webster & Barnes, covering the villages of Burton and Wymeswold and also to some of the yards in Barrow that are now long gone.

After Harold retired there was to be no sitting around for him; he became a lollipop man on Mill Lane / South Street, seeing the children over the road safely for fourteen years in all weathers and never missing a day.

Harold had a passionate interest in the village and its residents. He was a valued Parish Councillor for 15 years and would help anyone out with a problem. If he didn't know the answer himself then he would leave no stone unturned until the problem had been solved. Being a Parish Councillor was only one string to Harold's bow. He was a trustee of the almshouses, secretary of the Mountsorrel branch of the Ancient Order of the Foresters, a volunteer with Citizens Advice Bureau in Loughborough, a member of the committee of the WEA and also of the Local Studies group and an avid reader. He was greatly interested in the history of the village and surrounding area. He was also a member of the Bishop Beveridge club, a lifelong member of the Methodist church, but also a friend of the other churches in Barrow.

Many people will remember Harold carrying the British Legion Flag on Remembrance Sunday and in later years laying a wreath for fallen comrades.

Unfortunately Harold had a severe stroke that was very debilitating, but his awareness and interest in the village never diminished, and right to the end he would acknowledge people with a smile. In his daughter's words "people knew Harold as a kind, thoughtful, charming, cheery and helpful man, who had time for everyone. He was a fountain of knowledge on local history with a wonderful memory and interested in the world in general".

The village has lost a true character.

Thanks go to Les & Elaine Mitchell for the details they have given me.

Val Gillings