Mourners invited to line streets and make noise for Sheffield culinary great's funeral

People wishing to pay their last respects to a Sheffield culinary great are being invited to ‘line the streets and make plenty of noise’ on his final journey.

Saturday, 13th June 2020, 12:14 pm

David Baldwin, who was best known for founding Sheffield’s beloved Baldwins Omega, passed away aged 80 on 4 June at his home in Dore.

Together with his wife Pauline, he ran the banqueting suite in Brincliffe, which was described as ‘a city institution’, for more than 30 years before calling it a day in 2018.

His funeral will take place at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Thursday 18 June, beginning at 3.30pm. However, as the current coronavirus restrictions limit the number of people allowed to attend funerals to 10, David’s family have suggested an alternative way for people to pay tribute to him.

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David Baldwin, who died on 4 June aged 80.

David’s son Ben wrote on Facebook: “Dad’s final journey will take him from home in Dore (departing just after 3pm) to Hutcliffe Wood via the following route: Drury Lane, Furniss Avenue, King Ecgbert Road, Totley Brook Road, Abbeydale Road South, past Abbeydale Sports Club, Abbey Lane entrance to Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium.

“We would be delighted if you would wish to join us and line the route during any part of that journey, while strictly adhering and respecting social distancing rules. Above all we want this to be a celebration, so please be as boisterous, jovial and as loud as the good man himself.”

Tributes poured in for David, who grew up in Broomhall, following his death. Anyone wishing to donate to the Alzheimer's Society in his memory can do so here.