Mr Dougie Mansfield, aged 66

Dougie Mansfield at the counter of his shop
Dougie Mansfield at the counter of his shop

A familar face who ran a popular business at the heart of his community, Mr Dougie Mansfield has died at the age of 66.

Mr Mansfield ran the cycle, sports goods and shoe repair shop that bore his name in Mytholmroyd for more than 30 years.

Poignantly, the Tour De France will pass the door of his former business on what would have been his 67th birthday and although he knew he was terminally ill - a condition related to time working at the infamous Acre Mill, Old Town, when he was a teenager - he had been greatly interested in the race, said his wife, Cecilia.

In tribute to him the official Tour De France song, The Road, by Alistair Griffin and Kimberley Walsh, will be played at his funeral service, which will be held at St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd, on Monday, June 16, at 2pm, followed by burial in the church yard.

Dougie was also a former firefighter at Todmorden. He played squash, cycled, was a member of Mytholomroyd Bowling Club and played snooker at Mytholmroyd Working Men’s Club.

He leaves his wife Cecilia, son Tim, daughter Vicky and grandchildren Emily, Annie and Abigail.