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Magistrate fondly remembered

PUBLISHED: 12:15 11 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:03 06 July 2010

Cecil and Florence Baldry in February 1988.

Cecil and Florence Baldry in February 1988.

A LOWESTOFT woman brought these two images into The Journal offices to remember the life of her beloved husband; a committed serviceman, magistrate and family man.

Cecil Baldry, third from left, with the crew of the Lancaster bomber Flossie in August 1945.

A LOWESTOFT woman brought these two images into The Journal offices to remember the life of her beloved husband; a committed serviceman, magistrate and family man.

Cecil Baldry died early last month, aged 91, and his wife Florence, 89, decided to pay tribute to her late husband by bringing in these photographs, which have previously been published in the paper.

On February 5, 1988, Mr and Mrs Baldry were photographed outside Lowestoft Court as Cecil retired after 22 years working as a magistrate.

Mr Baldry, the former vice-chairman of the magistrates, said at the time: “I'm very sad. It has been part of my life for so long. My wife Florence has been an absolute brick and has stood by me and helped me. She's been absolutely wonderful.”

Representatives from the magistrates, court staff, Crown Prosecution Service, solicitors, probation service and the police were united in praising Mr Baldry and wishing him well in his retirement.

Noel Johnson, chairman of the magistrates, said: “He has brought to us a sense of justice and fair-mindedness which can't be equalled.”

In 1997, Mr Baldry appeared in The Journal's “The Way We Were” section, as a 1945 photograph of the crew of the Lancaster bomber Flossie was printed.

He was stationed at Ludford Magna with 101 Squadron and recalled passing over Lowestoft in 1945 when making a special mercy mission to drop food supplies in Holland during the closing stages of the war.

The planes were allowed to make the drop unharmed and flew at only 1,000ft across the North Sea before pushing the parcels out of the bomb bay.

A service of celebration for the life of Mr Baldry was held at St Peter's and St John's Church, Kirkley, on August 14.

Mrs Baldry hopes to leave his ashes at Portman Road, Ipswich, together with that of their late son Philip, who died in 2001.

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