It is with sadness we report the death of Martin Noble, aged 78. Martin moved to Huddersfield in 1968 to take the post of Editor of Look North, when the BBC news programme commenced in Leeds. He was married to Bryden and leaves sons Andrew and Nicholas and two grandchildren.
Martin was a committed rugby club man who refereed for many years before becoming an assessor with the Yorkshire Referees Society.
At the club, he has had the responsibility of Club Secretary and was a founder Committee Member of the Club Age Grade Section in 1969 – then known as the Cubs.
He was instrument in an editorial on the Cubs going Nationwide on TV the following year, additionally he invited TV character Basil Brush and subsequently the Ambassador of Romania to become President of the Junior/Age Grade Section. Both attended the Club at Waterloo with TV coverage for the former’s visit and high security for the latter.
A club newspaper was published in this period under Martin’s guidance which developed marketing opportunities for the club and he was also involved in many fund raising events, one of the most successful being the organisation of a ‘Go-Kart Race’ in the club car park with the local main party candidates participating prior to the 1979 General Election.
Martin’s enthusiasm for the game led to him and Jeremy Thompson [Sky News] organising the Northern Press Rugby Club, which played many games for Charity and of course he assisted in preparing regular reports for the club’s Website which occasionally would be controversial.
After education at Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire his early career in journalism commenced with the Manchester Evening News, the Daily Telegraph [Air Correspondent] and the BBC TV Manchester before the relocation to Yorkshire.
Martin was an Independent Parish Councillor in Holmfirth and was the founder chairman of the Brockholes Village Trust.
Martin was made an ‘Honorary Member’ of the club in recognition of his valuable contribution over many years, and more recently, the media and historical information generated and displayed in the reception area at Lockwood Park.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 4th March at 11.30am at St Georges Church, Brockholes, followed by a private service for family members only at Huddersfield Crematorium. This to be followed by a buffet lunch at Lockwood Park, where his family would be pleased if Martin’s friends would join them to celebrate his life.
Martin’s family has requested no flowers please, but donations may be given to the Brockholes Village Trust.