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Tribute paid to auction house legend Len
TRIBUTE has been paid to a veteran auctioneer who was passionate about Colchester’s history.
Leonard Drinkell, who worked at historic firm Reeman Dansie for more than 50 years, died on July 23 aged 86.
Born in Wivenhoe in 1927 he went to the local school before going to Colchester Royal Grammar School, much later becoming president of the Old Colcestrians of which he was a life member.
He married his wife Nora in 1953, with the couple celebrating their diamond anniversary in April this year and having two children David and Clare.
Len is perhaps best known for his work at Reeman Dansie auction house for 51 years joining during the Second World War after leaving school, and qualified aged 22 as a chartered surveyor.
His interest in history led Len to be one of the founding members of the Friends of Colchester Museums more than 50 years ago, and he was a secretary of the organisation for many years.
Len was an active member of numerous clubs and societies, including the Rotary Club and Wivenhoe Cricket Club.
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