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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Tributes to Cumbria's former NFU national treasurer

Tributes have been paid to a dairy farmer and former NFU national treasurer who has died aged 75.

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David Quayle

David Quayle’s funeral was held yesterday at St Andrew’s Church in Aikton following his death last week after a lengthy illness.

Mr Quayle, of Moordyke Farm in Wigton, rose through the NFU ranks from a young age, first becoming Wigton branch chairman in the early 1970s.

After several years representing his local area, he became a delegate on the national NFU council and from 1994 was national treasurer for six years.

His friend and fellow farmer Peter Allen said: “He would say, ‘I’m your rep – I’m not going to tell you what we’ve decided in London, I want you to tell me what you want London to hear’.

“He very quickly became established and well-respected. David was one of those people who could listen to people and very eloquently sum up what they were saying and what needed to be done about it.”

He also became chairman of the Farmers Club in London in 2003.

His wife Nicki later became the first woman to hold the post.

Former Carlisle NFU secretary Nick Utting told The Cumberland News: “He was so dedicated to the industry that everyone said he had milk running through his veins.”

He leaves his wife Nicki, their children, Ben and Doug, as well as three children from a previous marriage, John, Victoria and Susan.

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