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Family’s tribute to motoring pioneer

Brian Mylchreest and, below, with a TT roads open car in 1947

Brian Mylchreest and, below, with a TT roads open car in 1947

Tributes have been paid to Mylchreests Group company founder Brian Mylchreest, who has died at the age of 97.

He held the rank of colonel during the Second World War, serving in Egypt and leading the Manx Regiment for the Normandy landings.

After the war, he returned to the island where he had the voluntary role of aide-de-camp for four lieutenant governors, and he was the sword bearer for the Tynwald Day ceremony.

For many years he drove the roads open car for the TT. He is pictured below with a Riley in 1947.

Son David said he died peacefully on Sunday night.

‘The respect people had for him was immeasurable,’ he said.

‘That is the word coming back to me from people who knew him.’

Mr Mylchreest, born in the island and a pupil at King William’s College, founded Mylchreests Group in 1961.

On his retirement in 1985 David became managing director. Mr Mylchreest is pictured above in 2011, at a celebration to mark the company’s 50th anniversary.

Among the honours he received were being admitted as lieutenant into the Royal Victoria Order (LVO), and being awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE).

David said his father was most proud of his family.

‘He was never happier in his later years than when family of all ages and sizes were around him.’

He leaves his wife Doreen, son David and daughter Susan, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

 

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