Railworker’s death prompts an appeal

John Nunn pictured a few years ago and (below) in the 1950s
John Nunn pictured a few years ago and (below) in the 1950s

THE WIDOW of a Harborough railworker who died from an asbestos-related cancer has issued an appeal for his former work colleagues to help experts investigate why he was allowed to come into contact with the deadly dust.

Margaret Nunn, who lives in Naseby, believes her husband John came into contact with asbestos while working for British Rail at Harborough Railway Station between 1950 and 1955 or 1956, where he was responsible for repairing the freight wagons.

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The 70-year-old widow has instructed lawyers at Irwin Mitchell in a bid to get justice for her late husband who died in January this year aged 80. He died from mesothelioma, which is linked to asbestos exposure.

Adrian Budgen, an industrial illness expert at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Mesothelioma is a devastating illness which can be very distressing for the victims and their families.

“More than 2,000 people die from asbestos-related illnesses every year despite the fact employers knew about its dangers, even in the 1950s.

“We would like to hear from anyone who worked with John at British Rail in the 1950s so we can help Margaret get the justice she deserves for her late husband.”

Mrs Nunn said John first complained to his GP about feeling breathless in September 2009.

He was diagnosed with mesothelioma several months later.

He tried to carry on enjoying his gardening hobby alongside his wife, carrying on a 35-year tradition opening their prized garden to visitors for charity.

Margaret, who was married to John for 36 years, said: “John’s diagnosis came as a terrible blow, we were absolutely devastated.

“He was a wonderful husband and I don’t think I’ll ever get over losing him to such a horrible disease.

“He said the brakes were lined with a powdery material he believed was asbestos.”

Anyone with information can contact Adrian Budgen at Irwin Mitchell on 0114 2744371 or adrian.budgen@irwinmitchell.com.