Tributes paid to Clipsham businessman Sir David Davenport-Handley

Sir David Davenport-Handley. 'Photo: MSMP230713-234js
Sir David Davenport-Handley. 'Photo: MSMP230713-234js
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Tributes have been paid to a well-known businessman who died on Friday.

Sir David Davenport-Handley, who lived in Clipsham, was a director of Clipsham Quarry Company - a firm that had been in the Handley family since 1865.

Last year, Sir David received the Arctic Star medal for his part in the Arctic convoys during the Second World War.

Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy (Con) was among those to pay tribute to Sir David.

He said: “Sir David was a true gentleman. I only got to know him in his later years but he was totally committed to Clipsham and Rutland. He was heavily involved in the village to the end.

“Whilst involved in the local quarry he and the family always made sure they conducted business in a way not to its detriment. Rutland has lost another of its great characters and gentlemen.”

And Rutland MP Alan Duncan said: “Sir David was universally liked and admired. The village of Clipsham adored him. His was a life of service. He served in the Navy; he helped rebuild the House of Commons with Clipsham stone and he chaired Conservative Party Conference when Margaret Thatcher was leader. He was a true gent.”

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