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One of the Fen's best loved farmers, Clem Tompsett, dies

Clem Tompsett (8021449)
Clem Tompsett (8021449)

One of the Fen's best loved farmers, and charity supporters, Clem Tompsett, has died.

He was just 15 when he started work on his grandparents’ small dairy farm. Today his company, Tompsett Burgess Growers, is one of the major grower-packers in the Fens.

Clem lived in Soham all his life and was a former chairman of the British Carrot Growers.

But he was also known for his charity work and the Isleham Horse Trials, which he and his family organised annually, raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity over the years.

In 2006 he was made an MBE for services to agriculture, for work for charity and with the Pony Club. He was one of its longest-serving district commissioners and held the role with Soham and District Pony Club for more than 28 years.

His family commented on social media: "It is time of sadness for Mary, Jackie, Sally, Roy and Sam and all those who work for Clem's companies. True gent who achieved so much and did it with laughter and banter. Many tears will flow but it will be mixed with laughter. Our thanks to Soham Lodge who cared for him in his last few weeks."