Tribute to Littleport Life Stalwart Ted Harding

Ted Harding passed away on October 30th after a long fight with illness.

Ted was a staunch supporter and committee member of Littleport Life magazine for many years.

His eagle eye scanned every page sent him to proofread until failing sight caused him to reluctantly cease that area of his voluntary work. Ted continued to receive the proof copies of the magazine before it was sent for printing so he could comment on the overall content and would arrive at the editor’s doorstep with his valued input.

Always community minded, Ted contributed to the life of his own part of Littleport, Little Ouse, both by distributing your favourite magazine in his neighbourhood and taking an active interest in all aspects of its life. And only recently in the days before his passing was manning the barricades protesting the proposed closure and imposition of swinging charges to cross it being placed on residents and farm traffic for the use of the legendary bridge linking Little Ouse and Brandon Bank.

Ted was interviewed by sundry news outlets including ITV Anglia News who broadcast him giving his opinion on October 24. In the manner to which we who were privileged to know him recognise, he stated emphatically, “I don’t think it should be closed and it’s going to split the community.”

The Littleport community is what Ted Harding, Edward Frank Harding, the renowned Statistician and University Don who helped many students obtain their degrees and doctorates, cared so much about.

He will be sorely missed.

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