Ian Dickerson a close friend of Makers Managing Director Simon Lamb, and several other employees at Makers have known Ian for many years as a member of Branston Golf and Country Club and the Co-op bowling club.
Ian was a very active member in both clubs organising many of the clubs matches and always finding a space those who wanted to play, died on the 1st March 2014. To mark the anniversary of his passing an annual Memorial Golf Competition was held to mark the start of the new golfing calendar and celebrate the life and contribution Ian made to so many.
As part of the remembrance Makers presented a completely rebuilt forklift called ?Dicko? as Ian was fondly known in both clubs, to his wife Helen at the inaugural golf tournament.
Dicko, whose catch phrase was ?One for the frog? was an ebullient character who took a keen interest in Makers fortunes and would often have a philosophical approach to most situations being an ex-policeman. Ian passed away from liver cancer after a brave battle where he was always upbeat but managed to complete a bucket list that most would envy today. During his illness he managed to witness his son?s marriage and celebrate his surprise 60th birthday.
At a very emotional presentation ?Dicko? was unveiled to Helen by current Captain of Branston Golf and Country Club Tim Winn, who on the first tee recalled the help and assistance Ian provided to him when he joined as a new member and made him feel incredibly welcome. Of the occasion Helen said;
?Dicko would have been embarrassed by all the attention, but would have loved you for it, the guys here have been great to me all year, and Ian and myself have been blessed with so many friends…thank you?
The Ausa Ce11M forklift has been completely rebuilt by hand with the restoration undertaken by Davisons of Wolverhampton. The forklift now sports the colours of Ian?s beloved football team Chesterfield Town, where Ian was originally born and reflects his illness with the corresponding coloured cancer ribbon for liver cancer, together with his catchphrase for which he is dearly remembered.
?It has been a massive pleasure to do this..the donor vehicle we used was down to 4 remaining parts, and like Dicko it gave so much to so many …everyone connected with this vehicle has been emotionally involved and its turned out great, I personally would like to thank the guys at Davisons for returning Dicko to us in such magnificent condition.?
Simon Lamb, Managing Director
?What a great thing to do, it?s truly stunning, he would have been made up!?
Jim Walker – Close Friend.