Tributes to ex-soldier who helped homeless

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A former Fylde soldier who committed his later life to helping Blackpool’s homeless has died.

Tributes have been paid to Robert Bradshaw, who also had an unusual claim to fame after being given tickets for the 1953 FA Cup final by Blackpool FC legend Stanley Matthews, who lived round the corner from him in the resort at the time.

Great-grandfather Mr Bradshaw, who was known as Bob, was well-known for serving with a number of Blackpool-based veterans’ organisations.

His daughter Linda Townson, 60, from Daggers Hall Lane, Marton, said: “He was thoughtful and a very caring person.

“He’d do anything for anyone, people rallied to him because that’s the sort of person he was.

“He loved his family, he loved his grandchildren and they loved him.”

Mr Bradshaw was born on Watson Road, South Shore, and after finishing school completed National Service in Egypt, followed by time in the Royal Artillery in the Territorial Army.

The military would remain a strong passion throughout his life and he volunteered with the Blackpool branch of the Royal Artillery Association and other organisations for Suez veterans, national servicemen, and the Fellowship of the Services.

He also worked with Streetlife in the resort, making sandwiches for homeless people every weekend until last year.

Mr Bradshaw, who live on Tranmere Road, Marton, died on March 13, aged 84.

He is survived by three children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.