The TTA is sad to report the death of honorary member Lawrence Burton. Lawrence was very well-known to many members of the TTA, particularly the older generation. His passing came just before he would have celebrated his 90th birthday.
After a lengthy career in the tiling industry, he was in more recent years the chairman of Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery Society, reflecting his keen interest in industry heritage and history.
Bob Howard MBE, TTA director, said: “Lawrence was a great supporter of trade associations and very knowledgeable on ceramics and standards.
He appeared as an expert on the antiques road show to advise on Poole Pottery.”
Brian G Newell, TTA director, said: “Lawrence was not only chair of Pilkington Tiles for many years, he was very active in standards work – BSI, CEN and ISO. He was a very remarkable gentleman.”
Mike Wheat, a former industry colleague, commented: “This is sad news of Lawrence’s death. He was a pioneer of the industry and very widely respected throughout the ceramic tile world.”