Tributes paid to community stalwart

Bob Mulholland, pictured in 2013 with his wife Jennifer at the launch of their book on her father Sam Longson.
Bob Mulholland, pictured in 2013 with his wife Jennifer at the launch of their book on her father Sam Longson.

Tributes have been paid following the death of a respected former journalist, businessman and pillar of the High Peak community.

A funeral service will take place tomorrow (Thursday June 19) at Chapel-en-le-Frith Methodist Church for Robert Mulholland, who passed away last Thursday following a long illness, aged 76.

The married father-of-four, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, was an influential member of the community, involved with many local groups and associations which reflected, in particular, his love of music.

President of Chapel Town Band and Chapel Male Voice Choir, Bob, an accomplished cornet player, was also a founder trustee of the Kinder Children’s Choir of High Peak, and a founder trustee of the High Peak Theatre Trust, which was established in the late 1970s to rescue Buxton Opera House.

He encouraged and taught many young brass players, particularly through his involvement with Chapel Band, and was the promoter of the successful Proms in the Park event in Chapel’s Memorial Park.

Clive Beattie, chairman of the High Peak Theatre Trust, said: “Bob was a staunch supporter of the trust and will be deeply missed.

“When he retired from the board due to ill health we made him our vice patron, such was the great respect and admiration we held him in.”

Roger Briscoe, chairman of Chapel Male Voice Choir, of which Bob was also a member, described him as “an amazing man”.

While the choir’s treasurer, Gordon Simmonds, added: “Bob was a prominent member of Chapel Male Voice Choir. He was an active singer, very enthusiastic and musically talented, and his baritone voice will be sadly missed, as will the overwhelming impact he had on the running of the choir.”

Bob was accepted as a liveryman by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2003, and in 2012 he was presented with a community award by Chapel Parish Council for his service to music and young people.

Bob’s early career included many posts in journalism, as a reporter with the Daily Telegraph in Napier and The Age in Melbourne, closer to home with the Stockport Express, Macclesfield Express, and finally as a sub editor on the Daily Mirror. He later founded the magazine Brass Band World through his publishing company Peak Press.

A passionate Derby County supporter, Bob sat on the board of The Rams as a director during the late 1970s, and in 2013 published an autobiography on the life of his father-in-law, former club chairman Sam Longson.

He was also a keen sportsman, having played football for Stockport County at an early age, and represented both Buxworth and Chapel-en-le-Frith cricket clubs.

Bob leaves his wife Jennifer, four children and 11 grandchildren.

The funeral service will take place at 1.30pm.