Tributes to Bill

Bill Sarvent, 85yrs old from Knottingley. Has announced the end of Knottingley Royal British Legion, after lack of support from local residents.'p9376a938
Bill Sarvent, 85yrs old from Knottingley. Has announced the end of Knottingley Royal British Legion, after lack of support from local residents.'p9376a938

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Knottingley mayor Bill Sarvent who has died, aged 87.

Mr Sarvent, who was also chairman of the town’s Royal British Legion (RBL) branch and a member of the town hall committee, died on May 8.

Knottingley councillor Glenn Burton, chairman of the town hall committee, said: “Bill’s service to us and to the town extends over many years and even up to his death.

“Bill was active in the community and was always ready to take up a cause for those less fortunate than himself.

“He was a prominent but humble man who will be sorely missed.”

Mr Sarvent, who served in the navy during the Second World War, was born in Knottingley and attended the former Ropewalk Secondary Modern School. He worked at Ferrybridge Power Station and was a tug boat captain on local canals.

He married wife Annie in 1941 and they had two sons, Jeffrey and Stephen. Mrs Sarvent died in 2008.

His son Stephen, 59, said: “My dad was very proud of his town and he did everything he could to have an impact on his community. We are very proud of him.”

Mr Sarvent’s funeral takes place today (May 24) at St Botoloph’s Church, Knottingley, at 1.45pm where there will be 12 RBL standards.