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Well-known road transport business owner and Royal British Legion supporter Jack Richards has died

13:03 13 May 2014

Jack Richards with a certificate he received from the Royal British Legion earlier this year.

Jack Richards with a certificate he received from the Royal British Legion earlier this year.

© Archant Norfolk 2014

One of Norfolk’s most well-known businessmen Jack Richards has died, aged 90, following a period of ill health.

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One of the Jack Richards and Sons lorries.One of the Jack Richards and Sons lorries.

Mr Richards owned Jack Richards and Son road transport business, which moved to Fakenham in 1971 with just five vehicles.

The company now owns more than 200 yellow trucks which are instantly recognisable on Norfolk’s roads.

Mr Richards died yesterday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Oliver Mitchell, general manager at Jack Richards and Sons, said: “Jack was a good businessman who knew and understood his market and realised opportunities to grow his company.

“The company had become known throughout the country and his distinctive yellow lorries were often seen driving up and down the roads.”

Mr Richards employed 370 people, more than 200 of which were based in Fakenham.

Mr Mitchell said: “The fact that he kept hold of the vast majority of his workforce shows that he was a good man to work for.”

Mr Richards, a former RAF serviceman, originally from Haddenham, near Ely, was a member of the Royal British Legion for 68 years.

He was president of the Fakenham and District branch of the Royal British Legion for five years and was presented with two certificates by the branch in February when he stood down from the role.

More to follow.

Do you want to pay tribute to Mr Richards? E mail adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk leaving your contact number or call 01328 862678.

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