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Tributes to former boss who revived fortunes of Linton Tweeds

Family and friends have paid tribute to the man who led one of Cumbria’s best-known firms for more than 20 years.

Leslie Walker photo
Leslie Walker

Leslie Walker, of Wetheral, near Carlisle, who was managing director of Linton Tweeds from 1969-94, has died aged 79.

He was credited with helping to revive the fortunes of the company and taking it into new markets.

Outside work, Mr Walker, who was married with two sons, Keith and Bruce, and a daughter Sally, had a passion for rugby and was heavily involved with Carlisle Rugby Club, as both a coach and a supporter.

His son Keith said: “It is a well-worn cliche that he didn’t have any enemies and wouldn’t have a bad word against him but in his case it is as true as it gets.

“I owe him everything and I will always appreciate everything that he was able to do for me.

“I will miss him.”

His widow Carole said: “Anything he did, he did well. He was a good husband, a good boss and a good, friendly, really nice guy,” she added.

David Bulman, of Wetheral, who knew Mr Walker for around 25 years through their involvement with Carlisle South Rotary club, said: “He was a very light-hearted, giving sort of fellow. He will be sorely missed.”

Mr Walker was appointed managing director of Linton Tweeds in 1969 and took it into new markets, including Japan, which helped to grow the firm’s customer base and win it the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1991.

He stood down as managing director in 1994 and was succeeded by his son Keith. He remained involved at the firm, though, in the position of chairman.

Mr Walker had played for Selkirk RFC as a wing forward and had been considered for the Scottish team.

Nobody from Carlisle RFC was available to comment but the news of Mr Walker’s death was announced on Carlisle RFC’s website describing him as a “club legend”.

He died in the stroke ward at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary.

His funeral took place yesterday at the Holy Trinity and St Constantine Church, Wetheral, at 10.30am.


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