Ex-pub boss dies after Haxey Hood

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Tributes have been paid to a former pub landlord who died in hospital after collapsing as he celebrated the Haxey Hood.

Mick Grimes, aged 70, of Owston Ferry, had suffered a heart attack.

The former landlord of The Carpenters Arms at Westwoodside attended the historic contest every years and was proud when his pub won it several times during the 1980s.

He was there to share the unique atmosphere of Monday’s event, until his collapse early evening outside The Loco pub in Haxey.

One of Mick’s devastated daughters, Karen, 34, said it was a source of comfort to her that her father was enjoying himself among friends.

She said: “My beautiful father Mick Grimes died while celebrating the good old tradition of the Haxey Hood.

“He was a fantastic father and loved by many. Here’s to my dad.”

Her father was someone who ‘loved people and loved life and village life’, she added.

Mr Grimes grew up in Ireland and came to the Isle of Axholme in 1979 after a spell in Sheffield and as landlord of pubs at Scawsby and Scunthorpe.

He ran The Carpenters Arms until 1993 and had taken part in the Hood.

He drank in both The White Hart and Crooked Billet pubs in Owston Ferry and family and friends celebrated his life on Tuesday evening with a pub crawl.

He leaves two daughters, Katie, 37, as well as Karen, and although a date has not been set for his funeral, a cremation service will take place in Scunthorpe with a service at St Bernadette’s RC Church, Scunthorpe.