Tributes paid to ‘free spirit and daredevil’ Fred Login MBE

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A charity fundraiser from Holbeach Drove known for his “daredevil” adventures on land, sea and air has died, aged 80.

Fred Login, who died at a nursing home in Norfolk on Sunday, May 1, became a village “legend” by introducing slot machines at his grandparents’ shop in Holbeach Drove.

Fred Login MBE was a remarkable man who made the most of his life, despite his disabilities, and had a good sense of humour

Shepeau Stow farmer Ian Stancer

Gambles’ Stores became the hub of the village while Fred, who never married, helped run it for more than 50 years until his retirement in 1986.

But Fred also raised money for disability charity Scope after he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after his birth in 1935.

A tribute from Fred’s family read: “His outgoing personality and warm, easy way with people won him friends beyond measure and he achieved far more than many of us could ever aspire to.

“Fred took on every challenge and adventure without the slightest concern or fear, teaching many people in Holbeach Drove how to drive and water ski.

“He learned how to fly a glider, piloted his own hovercraft and even bought a gyrocopter that never got up in the air.

“Fred was a free spirit, a daredevil and a real legend of Holbeach Drove.”

In 1999, Fred Login was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of that year for services to disabled people in Holbeach and Spalding.

Speaking in tribute to him, Shepeau Stow farmer Ian Stancer said: “Fred was a remarkable man who made the most of his life, despite his disabilities.

“I had a Saturday morning job from the age of 13 to 15 when I was serving petrol and looking after Fred’s shop.

“He was a fair boss who had a good sense of humour and a good rapport with his customers.”

Meanwhile, Lincolnshire County Council member for Crowland and Whaplode, including Holbeach Drove, Coun Nigel Pepper said: “Fred was a real Holbeach Drove character and frequently the topic of many conversations in the locality.

“He was always noticeable in his car, with the private number plate ‘NEW 1P”, always laughing and joking and making others laugh too.

“Despite his disability, Fred led a very active life and even used to pilot a glider at (Fenland) Airfield, Holbeach St Johns.

“From my memory of him, Fred was an inspiration to us all.”

A spokesman for Crowland Parish Council said: “Many members of Crowland Parish Council have fond memories of Fred Login MBE who was regarded as one of life’s characters, but was also a really nice man.”

• The funeral service for Fred Login takes place at St John the Baptist Church, Chapel Gate, Whaplode Drove, on Thursday, May 19, at 1.15pm.