Geof Harrington: A beautiful tribute by Martin Littler to an old friend

Following last week’s sad news of the passing of local historian, community stalwart, record breaking sprinter and Brownhills gentleman Geof Harrington, there has been an outpouring of sympathy and warm memories locally, particularly on social media.

I have known few pass who have sparked such warm tributes as Geof has: He was clearly a much loved and respected man. With that in mind I was contacted in the week by old pal of the blog Martin Littler, who’s compiled a lovely tribute video to his old pal and asked if I’d like to share it on the blog.

I am, of course, honoured to do that.

Martin wrote:

Hi Bob ,

I just had to put this Video together for a very special Man Geof Harrington.

He will truly be missed, a Man who live life to the full, I have always had the greatest respect for him as many in Brownhills have.

So if you could post it sometime either on your Brownhillsbob Blog or your facebook page as a small tribute to Geof only if you think it is appropriate at this time.

Kind regards
Martin Littler

Well, it certainly is appropriate Martin, and not only that, it’s beautiful, so thanks very much for this: A loving, respectful and beautiful tribute to a true and wonderful Brownhillian.

Several people have asked me about arrangements for Geof’s funeral, and as yet nothing has been announced as far as I know. If I am able I will share details here when and if appropriate.

My sympathies remain with Geof’s family and friends: Brownhills has lost a real gentleman of the old school who will be very much missed. Thank you to Martin for encapsulating that so well.


Geof Harrington wins the semifinal of the Powderhall 130 yard professional sprint at Edinburgh on 1st January, 1951, setting a new world record of 11.85 seconds. Those faces – you can see the pain and triumph. Image from ‘Around Pelsall and Brownhills in old photos’ by David F. Vodden.

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2 Responses to Geof Harrington: A beautiful tribute by Martin Littler to an old friend

  1. Face book says:

    Thank you for that beautiful tribute of my dad. Funeral will be arranged this week.

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