Leslie King

Exmoor Associates is saddened to learn that Leslie King died on Thursday 6th September.

Les joined the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Association in the early years of the 1980s and soon became its Secretary remaining in that role in to the early 1990s. During that same period he played a major role in fundraising and organising the opening of the L&B Museum inside the abandoned Barnstaple Town signal box, and would then often be found manning the display with his wife Cathy on some occasions several days each week.

He was a life member of the L&BR Trust and will be remembered as one of the pioneer L&B enthusiasts whose enthusiasm for the L&B did much to encourage future members to pursue the reopening of the railway.

Les, may you rest in peace.


Mike Buse
Chairman – Exmoor Associates

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2 thoughts on “Leslie King

  1. I hope you do not mind me leaving a message.
    But I knew Les King for 30+ years and have only just now found out about is passing on 6th Sept, I did not want to believe my dear friend had passed on, but after no replies to my letters or Christmas card I did fear the worse. It is just I too have being very ill, and whilst Les was ever in my thoughts I just did not wish to confirm what my heart was telling me. I met when Les was running L&B Museum inside the abandoned Barnstaple Town signal box, by mail and we stated a very long correspondence initially re- the L&B, becoming a much wider friendship. I had the privilege of meeting Les & His Dear wife Cath who invited me to stay with them back in 1994. I can honestly say a more kinder giving soul would be hard to find, such a lovely man who helped me greatly through some very dark times.

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