East Lydeard Farm
THE memory of a key figure in East Lydeard Farm's history will live on after a barn conversion was named after him. Jack Sully was a loyal worker for 39 years for both current owner Tom Morris and his father, also called Jack, on the farm which many people in the area may remember for blackcurrant picking.
His friends and family gathered to reminisce about him and the farm at the official opening of the recently converted building on Saturday (August 4).
Tom Morris, who owns the farm with his wife Tara, said: “Jack and my father always had a special relationship. When my father died, Jack continued to work for me for three years and was always very supportive - he was always my’go-to man’.
“He was a genuinely good country man who would always be here half an hour before work and would be happy to stay after work if you needed him. He was a great help on the farm but he was a very good friend as well, so we felt it was appropriate to name the barn after him.”
Jack started on the farm with carting horses before working with tractors, pigs and helping in both a professional and personal capacity wherever he could.
Margaret Yandell, Jack's daughter, said: “My father was very fond of East Lydeard - his heart was always over here. What Tom and Tara have done is a lovely gesture and it means my father's spirit lives on here. It is a special day for me and my family”.
“The day my father was buried, Tom said to me that he wouldn't be forgotten and today those words are truer than ever. He would have been proud to know his name was on the barn. History will go on.”
Reproduced from the Somerset County Gazette with the kind permission of Hannah Green