Death of long time Hollingbourne Pantomime stalwart.

Long time Hollingbourne Pantomime Group member and Hollingbourne resident Arthur Clarke died on Sunday (29th September) after a short illness following an operation in Pembury at the beginning of September. He was in his early 80’s.

Arthur grew up in Hollingbourne and left Hollingbourne School in the mid 1950’s to take up a career in building and plumbing. He later went on to run a very successful plumbing enterprise.

He was one of the Trustees responsible for building the present Hollingbourne Village Hall when the previous one burnt down in the mid 1960’s.

He was also a founding member of the present Hollingbourne Pantomime Group and appeared in over 40 productions. Prior to the present Group being formed he also was an amateur actor with a previous Hollingbourne stage group.

Arthur Clarke lived on the Pilgrim’s Way but originally grew up in Eyhorne Street. Arthur also enjoyed a round of golf and played in the Hollingbourne team against Templeuve for the Annual Dirty Habit Claret Jug Trophy.

Leading Hollingbourne Pantomime Group member Colin Leggatt said of Arthur “Sad day.  Arthur, the man, the myth, the legend. Hollingbourne man his whole life. Much missed”.

The Funeral will be held at 11am on Thursday 7th November at Charing Crematorium. Donations are invited in his memory to the Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust at https://www.aakss.org.uk/ and to Parkinsons UK at https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/

Pictured below is Arthur Clarke in June 2011 when he was one of the judges at the Hollingbourne Village Fete.

Arthur Clarke in June 2011.