UK Carpet Expert Dies

Kidderminster, UK, July 2-- Derek Woodward, former vice-chairman of Brintons, Kidderminster, and one of the longest-serving directors in the town's carpet industry, has died at the age of 90 according to the Express and Star. Mr Woodward, an expert on carpet yarns and fibres, travelled the world supervising factories in the Brintons group. He retired in 1978 but remained a consultant for many years. He was a son of George Woodward, himself a Brintons director, and joined the firm after leaving the town's King Charles I School in 1932 and taking a degree at Cambridge. In the Second World War he was commissioned into a Yeomanry Regiment and was taken prisoner in one of the earliest battles, in Belgium. Mr Woodward was chairman of the governors of his old school from 1967-77 and also served as chairman of the King Charles Educational Foundation. He was captain of Bewdley Rowing Club in 1952-54 and president from 1971. He was a former president of Kidderminster Chamber of Commerce and a JP in the town from 1952 to 1970. He played rugby for Kidderminster and the Old Carolians, hunted with the Albrighton Woodland, and was an active farmer and landowner. Mr Woodward died at his home in Bromsgrove on Sunday after a long illness. There will be a memorial service later in the year. lA Black Country businessman who bounced back from being among the country's biggest bankrupts and then raised vast amounts of money for the Church of England has died at the age of 80. Leslie Pugh, who had estimated personal debts of £10million when he was made bankrupt in 1978, led fundraising appeals for All Saints Church, Sedgley, and St John the Baptist Church in Wolverley. He had lived in Wolverley for 27 years. He was discharged from bankruptcy in 1983. The funeral takes place at St John's Church at noon on Thursday