A TRIBUTE TO MIKE BAKER FROM THE BARTON HILL HISTORY GROUP
Sadly, Mike Baker passed away on 12th March 2020. Mike was very much part of the Barton Hill History Group and very well thought of. For over 20 years, Mike has been a great character in the history of the group. The committee remember very well, all the "planning meetings" with Mike at the Rhubarb Tavern discussing the fine details of the amazing Eddie Hapgood Plaque. Excellent drinking sessions. Then the Bob Hope Plaque and a couple of years back the superb Cotton Factory Plaque. Not forgetting the Reg Gregory plaque in Red which really captured RG. Mike's historical knowledge and attention to detail always shone through, as it did with all his plaques and talks. Mike was a perceptive historian, which was seen when giving his detailed presentations about Easton's coal mines, architecture, and railways. Plus let's not forget Mike loved our Skittles nights; he was always so pleased to be there and he always had a smile on his face.
Just a few weeks ago the history group commissioned Wards to make some alterations to the Bob Hope plaque. A fitting tribute to Mike's work. Mike attended our last meeting back in February and, with his usual passion and enthusiasm for local history, he quickly got involved in asking questions and making insightful comments.
We will all miss Mike. The BHHG send our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends. Let's all raise a glass to Mike Baker tonight. A good local historian but more importantly a good guy.