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Death of metal recycler Brian Brookes

Brian Brookes, former managing director of his family’s metal recycling firm and a prominent representative on industry bodies, has died aged 79.

The company started life as N Brookes & Brothers in Blackheath in the West Midlands in 1927, established by Nelson and Stanley Brookes. Both were later joined by Stanley’s sons Brian, Dennis and Graham.

The company moved in 1967 to Cradley Heath, expanding to include premises in Stoney Stanton and Rugby.

Brian became managing director in 1980 and had retired before it became part of Metal & Waste Recycling in 2007. His son, Peter, a past president of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), joined the business in 1987.

Brian was very active in the metal recycling industry, and was a past president of the MidWest Scrap Association (now the MidWest Metals Association) and board member of the British Scrap Association (later the British Metals Association, then BMRA).

He leaves Peter, wife Jean, and daughters Sue and Gillian.

The funeral service will be held at St Paul’s Church, Long Lane, Blackheath, West Midlands on Friday 9 June at 1.15pm, followed by a gathering at Hagley Golf & Country Club.

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