Promotions man who brought The Beatles to Yorkshire dies, aged 82

Terry Millington
Terry Millington

A Sheffield man who helped bring The Beatles, Tina Turner and Roy Orbison to Yorkshire has died at the age of 82.

Terence Millington, who was known as Terry, was born in Sheffield in 1933 and went on to serve in the RAF.

At the age of 20, he worked at the Grand Hotel on Leopold Street, where he met his wife, Muriel.

During his time as a waiter, he attended to comedy duo Laurel and Hardy and musical legend Nat King Cole.

The couple moved to Leeds and Terry worked in promotions for the entertainment company Rank Organisation.

In the early 1960s, he brought talents such as The Beatles, Bill Haley and the Comets, Cliff Richards, Ike and Tina Turner and Roy Orbison to the northern city.

After his two children were born, the family returned to Sheffield so Terry could find a career more suited to spending time at home.

He worked at a number of venues in the city, from the Old No. 12 pub, the Norton Hotel in Meadowhead, the Wheatsheaf Hotel in the Peak District, and the Chequers pub in Dronfield.

Terry, who was a Sheffield Wednesday fan, loved gardening, fishing and travelling.

His son Paul said: “We were very close – we spoke every day. He was a cheeky chappy, he liked a joke. He was a real character full of life and vitality.

“He was my inspiration and a shining light for the family.”

Terry died at Weston Park Hospital on November 18, leaving behind his wife, two children and four grandchildren.

He had been suffering from bone cancer and respiratory problems

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 1, at St John the Baptist Church in Dronfield at 11.45am.