Stephen John Hollingsworth
19 September 1957 to 15 June 2017
Steve was born in Nottingham and grew up on the outskirts in Carlton. This is where I met him as a young Scout fresh from Cubs at age 11. Steve eventually became a Scout Leader and ran Scouts until 1977 when an opportunity arose to join The Nottingham and Sheffield Hot Air Balloon Club run by The Nottingham Building Society. This sparked a passion for ballooning, which lasted for over 30 years. He was an active member of the club and assisted with the balloons at the British Nationals at Wollaton Park in Nottingham. During his time with the club he achieved his Pilot's Licence. With several other pilots he was asked to take on the Pork Farms balloon.
Steve took part in several British Championships flying the Pork Farms balloon. He never won but it wasn't for the want of trying. Steve continued flying with the aid of sponsorship from Pork Farms and occasionally took on other balloons i.e. Gee Tee Signs, English Rose and Selfish. Eventually Steve along with myself purchased the Pork Farms Balloons and Kit as the sponsorship ended. By selling Pork Farms/Bowyers envelope we were able to purchase Springtime.
He spent many hours flying for fun with the Pennine Group in Yorkshire both with Pork Farms and Springtime balloons. Steve and Tilly (his four legged friend) finally settled in Goathland, Yorkshire where he was able to enjoy his other passion, which was Steam Trains. He was always excited to see newly refurbished steam trains travelling through Goathland. Namely The Bittern, Sir Nigel Gresley and of course the Flying Scotsman. He would always try to travel by steam train whenever he needed to go into Whitby.
Steve has been a friend for over 40 years and was the best man at our wedding in 1984 and he will be sadly missed.