Corby Boating Lake champion Barry Scholes dies of cancer

Barry Scholes at Corby Boating Lake
Barry Scholes at Corby Boating Lake

Friends have paid tribute to Barry Scholes, who championed Corby’s boating lake and surrounding woodlands, following his death from cancer.

Barry died, aged 65, last Thursday just four months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday, November 20, at 1.30pm at Kettering Crematorium.

In September Barry received a special recognition award at the Spirit of Corby Awards for his outstanding contribution to the community.

He took over the boating lake in 2006 and made it a community hub.

Barry, a keen angler and music fan, was also involved in the boating lake music festival, Corby Carnival, charity fishing matches, the town’s bonfire night celebrations and events at East Carlton Park.

Corby Council leader Tom Beattie said: “He was a good friend of Corby and the council and will be sadly missed.”

Close friend Paul Balmer added: “He was a warm, kindly man who would do anything to help other people.”

Rick Allanson, chairman of the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods and the boating lake’s water bailiff, said: “Barry was an incredible man who wanted to help everyone.”

Barry leaves a wife Anna and Daughter Jojo, 13.