Death of former Hucknall shop owner Bill Bailey

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WELL-known former Hucknall retailer Bill Bailey has died at the Hallcroft care home in the town. He was aged 87.

Mr Bailey (full name Herbert Charles) was in business for many years at the Pets And Gardens shop on High Street, Hucknall.

He was born in Newstead. His family moved to Papplewick Lane, Hucknall when Mr Bailey was four and he continued living there for the rest of his life.

At the age of 17, Mr Bailey joined the Royal Air Force. He was stationed in Egypt and then Italy during the Second World War. He kept in touch with many wartime friends through the RAF Association and the 148 Squadron Association, of which he was treasurer.

Mr Bailey and his wife, Peggy, opened their first pet shop at Kirkby-in-Ashfield and bought Pets And Gardens in the 1960s.

Mr Bailey retired at the age of 65 but, 11 years later, he resumed his ownership of the shop for a further three years until he retired for the second time at the age of 79.

He was a sidesman at the Linby and Papplewick churches and served as standard bearer for the Papplewick and Linby branch of the Royal British Legion for many years.

In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, Ian, a daughter, Lesley, four grandchildren and a great-grandson.

The funeral took place at Mansfield Crematorium.