Cullingworth-born textile industry figurehead Sir William Bulmer dies

Cullingworth-born Sir William Bulmer

Cullingworth-born Sir William Bulmer

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Tribute has been paid to Cullingworth-born Sir William Bulmer, who has died in Jersey aged 92.

The former wool textile industry leader and Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire successively chaired two Bradford-based trade bodies, the National Wool Textile Export Corporation (NWTEC) and the Wool Textile Delegation.

He produced a major report in 1969 on the future of wool textiles on behalf of the Government’s Economic Develop-ment Committee.

He was a founder of the British Textile Confederation and a strong advocate of British membership of the then European Economic Community (now the European Union) at the time of the 1975 referendum.

John Lambert, a former NWTEC and Wool Textile Delegation official, said: “It is probably true to say he was the last real grandee of the industry, with an aura about him that impressed many people.”

Sir William saw war service with the Royal Artillery and was twice mentioned in dispatches. He was captured in 1942 but escaped from a PoW camp.

He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and at Bradford Technical College.

Sir William became managing director of Bulmer & Lumb at Buttershaw in 1963 and retired in 1985. He was knighted in 1974 for services to wool textiles.

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