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Tributes to pub star ‘Tetley Dave’

Glowing tributes have been paid to the Castleford pub landlord everyone called ‘Tetley Dave’.

Shoulder of Mutton boss Dave Parker died on Saturday, aged 68, after battling a long illness.

The former Tetley’s drayman, which is how he got his nickname, spent almost 17 years behind the bar of Castleford’s oldest pub.

His daughter Diane Storey said: “He was a connoisseur. He knew a good pint.

“He was extremely well known worldwide. He was known and loved by a lot of people. I’ve had messages from people I don’t even know saying, ‘what a great guy’. It was quite humbling.”

The legendary pub boss came to national attention after being featured on a Radio 4 documentary about pub landlords and landladies.

Bob Wallis, of the Wakefield branch of the Campaign for Real Ale said: “You stick a microphone in front of some people and they go to jelly, not Dave. He was a delight and a joy.

“What a man, what a character. He made that pub what it is.”

Mr Parker is survived by his wife Margaret, children David, Diane, Steven and five grandchildren.

His funeral is on Tuesday at St Paul’s Church, Pontefract Road, Glass Houghton at 1pm. There will be a gathering at The Shoulder of Mutton on Methley Road from noon.

 

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