Heroes bus named after well-known town builder

ON THE RIGHT ROAD -- William Fox's wife, Florence, is pictures at the unveiling of the latest 'Hucknall Heroes' bus

ON THE RIGHT ROAD -- William Fox's wife, Florence, is pictures at the unveiling of the latest 'Hucknall Heroes' bus

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THE third and last in a series of Hucknall ‘heroes’ to have a bus named after him is William Fox, who was a well-known local builder.

William, of Palmer Avenue, died on April 3 at the age of 94 after a short illness.

Legacies he constructed for Hucknall include the town’s main post office on High Street and the chemist’s shop next door.

Although he was in the building trade all his life, he did not start his own business until he was 60 and he retired at 75.

Trent Barton had invited nominations for buses they run on the town’s Connect route to bear the names of local celebrities.

Born in Woollaton Street, Hucknall, William played a key part in bringing up his two younger brothers, a younger sister and two stepsisters.

He attended a university course to train as a bricklayer and saw military service in Italy and Gibraltar during World War Two.

William was always happy to give help within the community, even in his early nineties. He went to Beardall Street School, Hucknall, with famous actor Robin Bailey and he knew Nottinghamshire and England cricketer Bill Voce, who was also from the town.

A fan of Nottingham Forest Football Club from the age of nine, William used to travel to matches on the players’ coach and he knew one or two of them personally. The last match he saw the Reds play was at the age of 90.

He latterly enjoyed walks around Hucknall and occasionally liked to pop into a bookie’s.

The unveiling of William’s ‘Hero’ sign on the bus was performed by his widow, Florence (85), and Trent Barton was represented by service delivery manager Vitto Pizzuti.