Malcolm Neesam, Harrogate’s well-known historian, sadly died this morning on his 76th birthday.
Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has paid tribute to Mr Neesam:
“I was so saddened to learn of Malcolm’s passing. He had fought his illness with quiet dignity and determination, so typical of the qualities he showed in all he did.
“His contribution to our area is profound. As a historian he was the chronicler of our town, and nobody knew more. His knowledge had depth and breadth, and he was always so generous in helping others tapping into that well of understanding. Malcolm was also passionate about music, and again his knowledge was huge.
“He cared deeply for Harrogate, its past and its future, using his unparalleled knowledge to inform debate.
“I recall very fondly many long conversations about our area and shared musical interests. As a very near neighbour I would see him regularly, and always enjoyed doing so.
“Malcolm was a Harrogate hero. He leaves a body of work that is impressive and an area much the better for all he did. This is indeed sad news, but we should give thanks as we think about him.”