Tributes to ‘much loved’ publican

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TRIBUTES have been paid to the “much loved” former hotelier and publican Brian Shipley who has died at the age of 80.

Brian, who owned and ran the Scalby Manor Hotel and the Bryherstones pub with his wife Mavis, died in Saint Catherine’s Hospice on Saturday.

Tributes have since poured in for the proud family man who was “full of fun”.

His wife Mavis, who he was married to for 55 years and with whom he shared three children and five grandchildren, said: “Thank you to everyone who has sent such lovely cards and letters.

“Brian was really well loved by everyone from locals to people who we had done wedding receptions for years ago who are still in touch.

“As well as being well known in the pub and hotel trade he was a real family man. Even when he was ill his face would light up when he saw his grandchildren.

“He loved his family and will be very much missed by us all.”

Brian was born in Bridlington, and had the hotel business in his blood from an early age.

His parents ran a hotel and moved to Scarborough when he was a teenager to run the Trafalgar Hotel in Trafalgar Square.

After completing his national service in the RAF Brian got a job working in the treasury department for Scarborough Council but when an opportunity to run Scalby Manor with his parents came up he jumped at it.

He and Mavis formed a partnership with his parents in 1957, and ran the hotel until 1987.

They also had a stable behind the hotel which their daughter Leigh ran.

In 1983 Brian decided to take on a challenge and bought the Bryherstones when it came on the market. His son Paul looked after the day-to-day running of the pub while Brian and Mavis continued to run Scalby Manor but four years later they sold the Manor to concentrate on running the pub.

Today Brian’s son Paul and his wife Sally still run the Bryherstones after returning to the business in recent years.

Throughout his career Brian was a key leading figure in Scarborough’s pub and hotel industry.

Not only was he a president of the Yorkshire Sommeliers Association, he was also a president of the Scarborough Country Licencees’ Association, before going on to become honorary secretary and treasurer of the association.

Brian also served on the Scarborough Hotels Committee, and was honorary secretary and treasurer of the Scarborough Town Licencees’ Association and Scarborough Licensed Victuallers’ Association.

As well as his work in hotels and pubs Brian was also a keen supporter of the lifeboat, and collected on the seafront.

Kath Duffy, president of Scarborough Licensed Victuallers’ Association, said: “He was my secretary for many years, and he was absolutely wonderful. He was a brilliant person, and great fun.

“Brian was full of fun but he was very precise professionally. He was one of the town’s proper landlords.

“I am so sad, and send all my love to his family who I know will take care of each other. He was an amazing man.”

Brian’s funeral is being held at St Laurence’s Church, Scalby, on May 1 at 2pm.