North East UK news Brian Paddison's legacy lives on as local football sides supported in his memory PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Premier Transport founder was well-know for his fundraising efforts, which have continued after his tragic death
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A massive Newcastle United fan who was one of the earliest coronavirus victims on Tyneside is still supporting local football more than a year after his death. Businessman Brian Paddison tragically died of Covid-19 at the age of only 56 on March 31 last year. The founder of Premier Transport in Wallsend was well known for his fund raising having backed shows involving the likes of Kevin Keegan, Lee Clark, Darren Peacock and Malcolm Macdonald. Now in honour of his memory Brian's company, run by daughter Sam and her husband Tino, are sponsoring two boys club teams on Tyneside. Wallsend Boys Club's Under 17s and Killingworth YPC Under 12s are both benefitting from Premier help despite the difficult times which have hit all businesses. Brian was an influential figure behind the 50th anniversary celebrations to mark Newcastle United's European Fairs Cup victory of 69 staged by the Fairs Club. Legendary manager Kevin Keegan returned to Tyneside for a dinner in the city that raised £8,000 for special needs school Beacon Hill in Wallsend. The transport boss also supported Walker Central Boys Club as well as Sunday for Sammy, Gateshead Panto company, Percy Park Rugby club and Newcastle Speedway. Wallsend Boys Club back row left to right: Johnny Worrall, Jack Roys, Matthew Brown, Jay Errington, Daniel Pellumbaj, Ben Raine, Joseph Lackenby, Dillon Short Front row left to right: Alfie Livermore, Josh Frampton, Charlie Daley, Harry Jones, Josh Sweeney, Lewis Sweeney, Reece Wanless (Image: Unknown) Killingworth YPC U12s. Top row: Joseph de Jager, Rory Wilson Ford, Jacob Rutherford Slater, Kieran Maxwell, Charlie Shearer, Jake Gray. Bottom row: Lam Hansforth, Craig Sancaster, Alex Belajevs, Ethan Amis, Aidan Graham, Dan McHallum, Riley Hunter. (Image: Collect Unknown) Brian Sweeney, who runs the Under 17s at Wallsend Boys Club, told me: "The help of Brian's family has been invaluable. My dad Terry was a close friend of Brian and so there is an emotional tie between us.
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. Appropriately a bench in memory of Brian stands opposite the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth. Tino admitted: "It has been a very tough year losing Brian at the start of the whole pandemic crisis but we battle on." Brian Paddison started up in 1997 with one rusty vehicle he bought for £1,000 borrowed from his father and built the company into one of the largest fleets of luxury cars and coaches in the area with more than 60 vehicles from wheelchair accessible minibuses through to full size 57 seater coaches and a staff of more than 120. In normal times they carry out school transport and other work on behalf of North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland County Council as well as two NHS hospital shuttle service's that run 365 days of the year.
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"Like so many we are just getting up and running again after not having a private hire job in the last 12 to 14 months," said Tino. "We've been arranging some day trips for local people to get away." Brian's shock death came about after he was confined to home with a temperature and collapsed four days later. He was taken to the RVI in Newcastle alone and placed in a coma for 72 hours. His family where unable to be by his side. Forty eight hours later came a call saying Brian was not going to make it. The pandemic meant that only 10 people were allowed at his funeral when the church would have been packed and a wake had to be cancelled.
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