Death of Hatfield’s Raymond ‘Lofty’ Rednall

PUBLISHED: 17:13 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 25 January 2017

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Raymond "Lofty" Rednall in his 30s.

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Friends of a well-known Hatfield man who lived most of his life in the town are spreading the word of his funeral to ensure it is well attended.

The funeral of Raymond “Lofty” Rednall, once well known in the world of Hatfield football, will be held in St Albans on Tuesday, February 7, as he has died aged 72.

Friend and former colleague David Sankey, just nine days younger, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I have known him since we were ten. Everybody knew him. He used to run the line for the Wrestlers football team.”

The nickname is ironic, as Lofty was only about five feet tall.

After coming to Hatfield with his mother and brother in about 1957, he lived at first in a flat over the railway station.

Leaving St Audrey’s School in Travellers Lane at 15, he moved to Newmarket as a trainee jockey, but returned to Hatfield in the 1960s, living in Talbot Road and Cecil Crescent.

He worked alongside David for a Welwyn Garden City building firm in the 1970s, but left towards the end of the decade.

Lofty, who never married, died in LondonColney, where he moved in the 1990s.

He had many friends at Hatfield Town Football Club, which shared his devotion with the rather more illustrious Chelsea.

David, who does not know how Lofty died, has already had a good response from his old friends on social media.

He said: “I hope we get a few people there. Lofty deserves a good send-off.”

The funeral at the London Road Cemetery will start at 2pm.

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