‘Gerald loved life and took hold of it with both hands’ - Tributes to Louth Cinema owner Gerald Parkes who has died aged 69

Gerald Parkes, pictured outside Louth Playhouse Cinema in May 2011.
Gerald Parkes, pictured outside Louth Playhouse Cinema in May 2011.
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“Gerald loved life and took hold of it with both hands. He’s going to be a tough act to follow, but like he said himself – always leave them wanting more.”

Those were the words of Richard Parkes, son of Louth Playhouse Cinema owner Gerald Parkes who sadly died of cancer on Thursday, aged 69.

Gerald’s death came just days after he received an MBE for services to the UK cinema industry from the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.

Gerald had been too ill to travel to London to collect his MBE, so the ceremony came to him instead. And he spoke of his pride at receiving the medal surrounded by friends, family and cinema staff.

See tomorrow’s Louth Leader for a full tribute piece to Gerald Parkes.

Use the comments box on this page to leave your own tributes or email them to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.