The Wilson Arms Inn in Sneaton and an adjoining nine acres of land went under the auctioneers’ hammer in January 1965.
Harry Lowther (pictured) had been at the inn around 40 years and was retiring to a home in Stainsacre with his wife. Nicknamed “Mr Sneaton”, he was the village’s oldest resident and an intergral part of village life, serving as a chorister at St Hilda’s Church for 60 years.
Bidding, which opened at £1,000, rose to £2,800 when the property was withdrawn, and was subsequently sold by private treaty. More than 50 people attended the sale.