Tributes paid to Alverthorpe Working Men’s Club’s former president

Michael Tinker has been on the committee of the Alverthorpe WMC for 50 years
Michael Tinker has been on the committee of the Alverthorpe WMC for 50 years

THE president of a working men’s club who had given more than 50 years of service died earlier this week.

Michael Tinker, of Derwent Road, Flanshaw joined the committee at Alverthorpe Working Men’s Club in 1960.

In the early 1960s he was instrumental on the committee that bought two cottages which allowed the club to extend its concert room.

Secretary and treasurer of the club Malcolm Shaw said Mr Tinker, who had been president of the club for the last 15 years, would be sadly missed.

He said: “Michael put so much work into this club and he was so well-liked and well-respected. We try to pride ourselves on being one of the best clubs in the area, and Michael did a lot of voluntary work and was determined to keep the standard of the club as high as it could be.”

Mr Shaw said Mr Tinker, who was 77, would be best known for his role shouting out bingo numbers.

He said: “His forte was shouting out the numbers, something he loved. He’s done more bingo shouting than anyone else anywhere near him.”

Mr Tinker was a welder who started out at Charles Roberts, in Horbury Junction.

He later worked for Raines, on Ings Road, and his last job was at Randall’s Fabrications, in Pontefract.

He retired in 1992 after suffering from a stroke the previous year.

Mr Tinker had been married to his wife Barbara for 55 years. He had four sons Michael, Steven, Richard and Andrew, and a daughter Gail.

Mrs Tinker said he used to play rugby for Trinity Rovers and Wakefield Loco.

She said: “Michael was really quite active up until he died. He was a good dad and husband and he’ll be missed.”