Tributes to Shoreham trader who defied Decimal Day

3:10pm Monday 16th April 2012

A shop owner who received national notoriety for defying the move to decimalisation has died.

Tributes have been paid to Paul Plumb who was a well-loved figure in Shoreham as shop owner, morris dancer and film maker.

He rose to national prominence in 1971 when he continued to price items in his store using old money of pounds, shillings and pence.

Born in 1924, Mr Plumb was raised in Queen’s Place, Shoreham, and attended a private school in Rosslyn Road before moving to horticultural college.

During the war he served in the RAF before setting out on his own with gentlemen’s outfitters Adur Trading Company in High Street, Shoreham, in the early 1950s.

Early success meant he had to relocate to a bigger store in the same street and his store remained a fixture in the town until the 1980s.

In his retirement, Mr Plumb moved to a 22-acre smallholding in North Wales before returning to his home town 12 years ago.

Mr Plumb was also a founding member of the Chanctonbury Morris Men and started Shoreham Country Dance Club.

Such was Mr Plumb’s knowledge of folk music that he worked as a freelance for the BBC, collecting records of traditional Eastern Europe music.

He was also a barn dance caller and was known as Mr Square Dance to many.

Mr Plumb is also well-remembered for his film A River Runs Through Our Town which captured the lives of Shoreham’s residents and for his work with the Shoreham Cine Camera Club at the Ropetackle.

His 54-year-old son Nick Plumb said: “My dad used to fight unfairness and injustice wherever he saw it.

“My dad was a character, he had charisma and would help anybody out.”

Mr Plumb died on Saturday April 7 after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in February.

He is survived by partner Pat, three children and five grandchildren.

A service in his memory will be held at Shoreham Methodist Church on Wednesday April 25 at 11.30am before a service at Worthing Crematorium at 1pm and then Sussex Yacht Club in Brighton Road, Shoreham.

Donations should be made to Shoreham Methodist Church and Cancer Research UK.

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