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Tributes paid to Eye resident Christopher Lowton

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A tribute has been paid to Christopher Lowton, who has been described by one of his best friends as ‘a real English gentleman’, following his death.

Bunwell-born Mr Lowton was a well-known face around north Suffolk, where he spent much of his later years.

He died at Ipswich Hospital on April 15, a year after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 75.

Chris Lowton (left) and Alistair Mcoll. Picture: Alistair Mcoll (56501515)
Chris Lowton (left) and Alistair Mcoll. Picture: Alistair Mcoll (56501515)

Born in 1946, he attended Wymondham College and went on to study country estate management at university, before moving into the oil and gas industry in the early 1970s – a career which saw him stationed everywhere from Africa to Aberdeen and Amsterdam.

He was a recognisable figure around Eye, where he lived in Castle Street until 2020, even running a mobile hog roast, Happy Harry.

“He was a complete eccentric who lived life in the fast lane,” said Alistair McColl, his friend of more than 20 years. “A real English gentleman, who was awfully well spoken.”

While he amassed a small fortune over his lifetime – acquiring a stately home in Waldytch, Dorset, that earned himself the title ‘Lord Waldytch’ – he will be best-remembered for his gregarious, larger-than-life character, said Mr McColl.

“Chris was very outgoing and affable,” he said. “He could spot a pound note from three miles away but he would always help other people, and he would spend more in the pub than he ever drank.

“He used to say ‘a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine’.”

A regular at the Swan Inn, in Hoxne, he would often be seen with his Norfolk spaniel, Mr Potts.

In the autumn of 2020, he moved to Spain, but returned after receiving his lung cancer diagnosis.

“He lived 120 years in his 75 years,” added Mr McColl. “He lived life, he did it.”

People who knew Mr Lowton are invited to a short, non-religious ceremony at Seven Hills Crematorium, in Ipswich, at 4.30pm today.

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