Infamous Ilkeston man remembered

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Tributes have been paid to a well-known Kirk Hallam man who has died.

Brian Pratt, 74, known as ‘Ginner’ and a ‘legend of Ilkeston’ died in hospital on October 14.

A Facebook group has been set up in his memory and tributes have flooded in.

Mr Pratt had lived in Ilkeston all his life and was known by many people due to his chatty personality.

His lifelong friend Alan Harlow said: “He was a hard-working man and a real charcter. Everyone knew him for good reasons or bad reasons.”

Brian lived in Wirksworth Road and had a pet bulldog. He liked to put bets on horse racing and was a former employee at Stanton Ironworks.

He would often be seen in Ilkeston town centre where he would chat to people.

It is believed his wife died some years ago.

Mr Harlow said: “A lot of people liked him but a lot of people didn’t but he would talk to anybody and everybody.

“He had a heart as big as a bucket.

“He we always a likeable character.”

On the Facebook group, Carol Kelly-winson wrote: “Always a joke or anecdote from Ginner and he acted the clown but it hid a sadness too that his wife lost so many babies and he would have made a cracking Dad - a barmy one - Ilson will be a sorrier place without him.”

Another post said: “R.I.P Ginner, you will be sadly missed, your jokes nand bante and walking round with your dog.”

On the ‘Tisers Facebook page Helen Price write: “Rip Ginner. You will be missed by us all for your cheeky sense of humour.”