Colin Crosby, historian and Leicester tour guide, dies aged 79, family confirms


A well-known historian and Leicester Blue Badge guide has died aged 79. Colin Crosby died over the weekend following a suspected heart attack, according to his family.

As Colin Crosby Heritage Tours, he has led hundreds of heritage and history walks in Leicester after becoming a guide in 1994. Speaking to the Leicester Mercury in 2011, he said: “Being a Blue Badge guide isn’t exactly a recipe for a good income, and I actually don’t really make any money after factoring in coaches and such, but I love it and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “

The former Loughborough resident died on Sunday April 3 after being admitted to hospital. His family said they were “devastated” by his passing and posted a statement on Facebook to update friends and fans.

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Mr. Crosby is survived by his wife Anne and his children Neil, Gillian, Kevin and Robin Crosby. He also has two daughters, Theresa and Angela, from a previous marriage, and three granddaughters, Kirsty, Alice and Sarah-Beth, as well as grandson Jack, the family said.

Their post read: “Dear Facebook Friends, We are devastated to say that Colin is no longer with us. He was taken to hospital following a suspected heart attack, and despite the best efforts of doctors, he passed away peacefully. and without pain at 6 p.m. on Sunday. , April 3.

“He led a long and happy life and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The funeral will be held over the next few days and will likely take place in Luton.

“If you would like to attend and celebrate Colin’s life with us, please send a direct message to Gillian Crosby – details will follow as soon as possible. Sincerely, Anne, Neil, Gillian, Kevin and Robin Crosby.”

Mr Crosby, who lived in Luton before his death, had a ‘life-long love for history’ and said he felt most comfortable ‘uncovering secrets’ walking through the towns and villages in Leicestershire. He previously told us, “To be honest, I’ll do this as long as I can get up and walk.

“I love engaging people and appreciating where they live, work or visit. I do it for when a person becomes immersed and interested in the history around them, after what I I have to admit, hanging out in the rain on a walk isn’t much fun – but that’s what raincoats and umbrellas are for.”

Mr Crosby was born in Rochford, Essex in 1942, and lived in the Southend area until the 1970s. He also had many favorite places across the county.

He continued: “In the county I like Rothley – it’s beautiful – and also Mountsorrel, Ashby and Market Harborough. In the city of Leicester I have my best places too.

“My favorite area is the old town, which is home to the Church of St. Mary of Castro. I was really surprised when people said they didn’t know it existed. I used to say with ‘ how can you not know this amazing and beautiful place is there?”

“Not anymore – so many people just don’t open their eyes and explore what’s around them, and just commute from home to work and back with occasional visits to the shops. I don’t use no script – I don’t use believe in things.

“By just doing things out of the blue, I can vary things up and even crack a weird joke. Of course, by not having a script, I can also pull it off if no one is laughing.”


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