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Retired dealer, the talented Henry Hall, passes away

Retired motorcycle dealer Henry Hall, who entertained the nation as half of The Pensionalities on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, died on 28 April. His son Chris, who runs what is now Chris Hall Motorcycles of Doncaster, described his dad’s televised flat-capped singing success as being “a crescendo to the great life of a man widely known and respected in the trade”.

Chris has received flowers – which he described as “touching” – from the Britain’s Got Talent team and from other participants from the series in which Henry and his performing partner and friend Malcolm White reached the final and came fifth. Sadly, Henry’s wife Miriam passed away halfway through the TV series.

Henry and Malcolm were nominated to appear on the show after regularly entertaining hospital patients and the residents of nursing and old people’s homes.

Industry-wise, Henry and two partners bought Cusworth Distribution in 1968, 10 years after the business was founded in Doncaster. Henry bought out his partners to take full control in 1978.

He retired in 1991, at which point Chris took over the running of the firm, which now specialises in used and classic bikes. Although no longer working, Henry would travel all over the UK with Chris in his van when he was sourcing stock. He also developed a love of buying and renovating classic machines.

Of his father’s death at the age of 86, Chris said: “It is a sad occasion but we will be celebrating his life. He was a northerner, a lovable sort of a fellow … a lovable rogue. He and Malcolm just loved entertaining, and as an ex-serviceman and an ex-businessman my dad was involved in all sorts.”

The funeral will take place on 20 May, 2.20pm, Rose Hill Crematorium, Doncaster DN4 6HE.

Performances by The Pensionalities:

https://twitter.com/pensionalities1?lang=en

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRSOuguj-Pw

 

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