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Remembering Albert Linacre

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In September 2015, Albert Linacre, a long time resident who was instrumental in making Pilton the vibrant community it is today, passed way at the age of 85. Born in Birmingham in 1930, Albert attended school in Edinburgh, trained in Switzerland and then spent much of the next two decades working as a Banqueting Manager at many society events and conferences. He and his wife Maggie came to Pilton in 1977 and bought a shop at 19 Pilton Street. Albert taught at the North Devon College and Maggie ran the wholefood shop and coffee bar. In time he developed his hobby as a potter and left the College. The first Pilton Festival was held in 1982 and Albert and Maggie were closely involved with it. Albert also started making costumes for pantomimes and school plays and continued to do so until 2015. Of note were the costumes made for the first Pilton Green Man Festival held in 1995.

In this document Margaret Reed and then Elizabeth Eveleigh remember Albert Linacre's life and contribution to Pilton. The text was first published in the Pilton and Ashford Parish Magazine to whom thanks are due. The photographs came from Albert's own life story.

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