Tributes to country author

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A COUNTRYMAN, whose memoirs have helped to raise thousands for charity, has died at the age of 86.

James Mott, known as Jim, author of Alpheton Hall, diary of a Suffolk countryman, died at West Suffolk Hospital on February 18.

Ken Watkins, a friend of Jim’s, said: “Jim was a lovely gentleman who loved this part of Suffolk, he was always smiling and had a wealth of stories, many of which are in his book. He loved the countryside and walking around taking in the sites and sounds of the area.

“He was not a man for going away, he liked Suffolk and was always happy to be back here.”

Alpheton Hall, diary of a Suffolk countryman, charts the first 20 years of Jim’s working life as a farm labourer in Alpheton during the 1930s and 1940s.

Born in 1925, the ninth of 11 children, Jim started working on farms at the age of 13, he spent 35 years working as a farm hand before moving into civil engineering and working for the Department of Transport.

After retiring Jim lived in Brettenham with his wife Daphne, where he wrote his memoirs, he donated the profits from the sale of his book to St Nicholas Hospice Care, raising more than £4,000 for the charity.

Mr Mott’s funeral will be held at St Mary’s, Thorpe Morieux on Friday, March 2 at 2pm.