We were very saddened to hear of the death of Ken Overton on Friday 9th March. Ken and Myra lived at The Grange on Railway Street for about 15 years until they moved to Wintringham late in 2010. Ken was a lovely man who threw himself wholeheartedly at everything he did, whether it was helping the homeless in York, singing with Terrington Village Choir, building his Dax sports car, helping with the village school or chairing the Ryedale Festival. All of us who knew him were aware of his generosity, dedication, sense of fun and loyalty. He and Myra made a lovely and devoted couple and he will be much missed.
Ken Overton was Chairman of the Ryedale Festival for five years until 2010. During this time the Festival consolidated its reputation, both nationally and internationally.
On Tuesday 20th March a large congregation gathered at St. Peter’s Church, Norton for a memorial service for Ken. The service was conducted by Lieut. Colonel Kirby of the Salvation Army and Ken’s wife Myra and her family gave touching tributes to a man whose energy and enthusiasm had enlivened many.