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Tributes paid to Burton Albion stalwart 'Dolly'

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 27, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Burton character who has died at the age of 75.

Brian Dolman, known as Dolly, became well known in the town through his roles as an ambulance driver and a lollipop man over a number of decades and through his love of Burton Albion.

His friendly and chatty nature made him a favourite with locals -and the Horninglow man couldn't even go on holiday to Lanzarote without bumping into people who recognised him.

"He was known by so many people – he was really popular," said his wife of 50 years, Jenny.

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"He was a lovely man but very sharp-witted.

"He was a character and would come out with some classic statements, and he would have banter with anybody."

Starting his working life with a milk round aged 14, Mr Dolman went on to work as a van driver before embarking on a 30-year career as an ambulance driver – a role that even saw him deliver a number of babies.

After leaving the ambulance service he returned to van driving and then worked as a lollipop man for De Ferrers Academy and Outwoods Primary School, where he helped children cross the nearby roads for more than a decade.

Outside of work, the grandfather-of-four was an avid Burton Albion supporter.

He played as a goalkeeper for many years in Winshill and Henhurst Hill, earning the nickname 'the flying pig', but his real passion was supporting the Brewers.

"He held every job there you could hold," Mrs Dolman said.

"He even used to be the sponge man and saved a footballer's life once."

Mr Dolman, who was also a keen cricketer with Trentside Cricket Club in Branston, remained active with Burton Albion until he became unwell last year as a result of the kidney cancer he had been fighting for some time.

He still went to as many games as he could, sitting alongside his wife.

He leaves behind four children.

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