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Asbestos to blame for yodeller death.

Byline: ANDREW PAIN

A WELL-KNOWN yodeller and musician died as a result of asbestosis, an inquest heard.

Great-grandad Cyril Wilcock died at his Enfield Chase home in Guisborough on October 18 last year aged 78, Teesside Coroner's Court was told.

His wife Marjorie Wilcock, 76, told the hearing that during her husband's working life he had worked as a pipefitter at ICI and as a bricklayer's mate at British Steel before later becoming a truck driver and a transport manager.

Pathologist Dr Julie Walker gave the cause of death as bronchopneumonia and malignant mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos.

Teesside Coroner Michael Sheffield said: "I am satisfied from the evidence given by Mrs Wilcock about her husband's work history, particularly when he was working at ICI and perhaps at British Steel as well, he was exposed to asbestos.

"It is certainly confirmed by the asbestos fibre count which was significantly in excess of that which you would expect to find in a member of the public who had not been exposed."

Mr Sheffield recorded a verdict that Mr Wilcock died as a result of the industrial disease mesothelioma.

Cyril was well-known in East Cleveland - particularly by those in the music community. He was a keen guitarist and singer and would play at venues across the area.

He was also a founding member of the Bunk Bunkhouse Country and Western Club in Guisborough.

But it was Cyril's yodelling for which many will probably best remember him - which started after he heard Frank Ifield's She Taught Me To Yodel.

"Everyone knew him for the yodelling," daughter Valerie said at the time of his death.

"He always went down well and people always wanted to hear the yodelling. I think he was the only person around here that used to yodel."

One of Cyril's other passions was football. He was a devout Boro fan - and season ticket holder until shortly before his death. As a youngster he often enjoyed a kick-about with Boro legend Brian Clough and ex-Spurs' striker Bobby Smith, who was born in Lingdale.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2011
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