Funeral for man who built a career in PR

Brian Hunter
Brian Hunter

A CALDERDALE man who built a career in agricultural public relations has died aged 76.

Brian Hunter, of Rishworth, began his career in the Upper Calder Valley at poultry breeders Thornbers.

When a colleague, Laurie Tester, set up Agricultural Publicity, in 1970, Mr Hunter joined the consortium.

He later formed BHR Communications with John Bolt and Roger Ranson in 1986.

Mr Ranson, of Norwich, said: “He was known for his straightforward approach, concise style of writing and ability to grasp situations quickly which won many clients and the respect of editors and journalists.”

Mr Hunter was born at Mill Bank, near Triangle, and was a keen sportsman for many years.

He had a trial with Huddersfield Town when the club was managed by Bill Shankley.

Cricket was another love and he was was associated with Triangle Cricket Club from the age of 10, and held for more than 50 years the club record score of 113 not out in a Halifax Parish Cup Final.

In 1964 he received an award from the Royal Humane Society for rescuing a child from the Rochdale Canal at Mytholmroyd.

He leaves his wife Sandra, a son Gary and two granddaughters Nicola and Simone.

A celebration of his life will take place at St Bartholomew’s Church, Ripponden, at 1.00 pm on Monday, May 28. That will be followed by a service at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland, at 2.15 pm, and then a reception at Triangle Cricket Club.