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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Tommy Tynan: Passing mourned by community

A VILLAGE pub is at the heart of any mining community and for 50 years the Tynan family of the Keekle Inn, Keekle, provided its beat. Now former landlord Tommy Tynan has died, aged 84.

Tommy Tynan: The popular former landlord, right, is pictured pulling his last pint at the Keekle Hotel (now Keekle Inn) in 1987

Tommy and his wife, Florence took the pub over in the 1970s, stepping into the shoes of his mother, Mary Tynan, who had run the pub for many years with his father Tom, who died in the 1960s.

The Keekle Inn, originally the Keekle Hotel, for generations provided a centre for local life. From birthday parties to bingo nights, from pigeon fanciers to sports clubs, the full range of community activity found a focal point there. And Tommy was the popular mine host who held it all together.

Mr and Mrs Tynan and their family of five moved into the pub from their home in Cleator Moor in 1973. Hitherto Tommy had been working as a storeman at Sellafield. Mrs Tynan died in 1983, aged just 50 and two years later Tommy decided to call time and returned to Cleator Moor, to Ennerdale Road, to retire.

Sport was a key interest of Tommy’s and he keenly followed the local scene. In his younger days he was an enthusiastic walker, enjoying all the local countryside had to offer. And he was so very proud of all his family’s sporting and academic achievements, said his son, Stephen.

He died in West Cumberland Hospital on Thursday, July 31. A funeral service was held yesterday (Wed) at St Mary’s Church, Cleator. He is survived by sons Stephen and Michael (twins), Peter, and daughter Helen (youngest son Martin died in 2000) and eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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A lovely tribute to my Dad. Captures him perfectly and he would be proud of this little cameo. Many thanks indeed to Margaret and the Whitehaven News team.

Posted by Michael Tynan on 7 August 2014 at 14:00

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