Death of respected livestock auctioneer

Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019

THE farming community lost a popular and respected character with the death on Saturday of livestock auctioneer David Thomlinson, following an accident on his farm at Park View, Scaleby. He was 73 years old.

Mr Thomlinson began working for livestock auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington as an office boy in 1963 and went on to have a career with the firm spanning more than 57 years, eventually becoming its managing director.

One of his proudest moments was the sale of a Texel shearling ram, Loosebeare Imp, for 120,000gns in 2003. Another was the sale of a prize-winning Limousin bull, Haltcliffe Vermont, which sold for a then world record price for the breed of 100,000gns in 2006.

David was at one time chairman of the North West Limousin Cattle Breeders' Association; served on the council of the British Limousin Cattle Society; was chairman of the Cumberland show; and held numerous other roles in the farming world.

Full story in Saturday's Herald.