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Friday, May 16, 2014
He was one of Norfolk’s best-known businessmen – and now, following the death of Jack Richards, talks will be held to discuss how his home town of Fakenham can honour his memory.
The the haulage entrepreneur, who came to Fakenham 43 years ago with just five vehicles and went on to build his multi-million pound transport business, Jack Richards and Son, died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn on Monday following a period of ill health.
Now the Fakenham and District branch of the Royal British Legion will look to work with Fakenham Town Council to find a way of honouring Mr Richards’ memory.
Mr Richards was a Royal British Legion member for 68 years and was president of the Fakenham and District branch for five years.
Col David James, chairman of the branch, said: “I am sure we will do something to honour Jack and a meeting to discuss how we do that will be held shortly.
“I’m sure we could work on something with the town council to remember Jack because he was such an important figure in Fakenham.”
Fakenham mayor Jeremy Punchard said: “This is something the town council would be interested in working on, absolutely.
“Something should be done to recognise the hard work and community support which Jack Richards gave to Fakenham.”
Tributes have been pouring on for Mr Richards whose business now has 225 golden-yellow lorries which are instantly recognisable around Britain’s roads.
The business is continuing in the family name.
Mr Richards’ son, Anthony, 56, is the company chairman and his granddaughter, Lisa Richards, 31, joined the business 18 months ago.
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