Passing bell to be rung for popular Richmond businessman

Dennis Graves, from Mocha, with a European election 'Bunometer' created in 2019.

The passing bell will be rung in Richmond this week in tribute to a popular Richmond businessman.

Dennis Graves died suddenly earlier this month.

Dennis ran Mocha Chocolate in Richmond with wife Elizabeth.

He was well-known in the town and was involved in numerous community projects, including helping to organise the Christmas Market.

Dennis’s funeral will take place this Thursday at 2pm at St James’s Church, Melsonby.

His wife has asked that people attending the funeral dress in bright colours in recognition of her husband’s flamboyant personality and mode of dress.

In place of flowers, the family have collected for the Royal British Legion (Richmond branch).

At 1.30pm on Thursday the cortege will leave the Co-op Funeral Home in the Market Place, in Richmond.

It will circle the Market Place, going past Mocha and the Town Hall, before leaving for Melsonby via Darlington Road and Skeeby.

There will be a minute’s silence outside the Town Hall and the passing bell in Trinity Church Tower will be rung in recognition of Dennis’s award as an Investor in Richmond.