TIM Holt, who was one of the main driving forces of the vintage steam movement in Cumbria, has passed away aged 81.

The former President and Chairman for the Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society, Tim died on June 8.

His loss was described as ‘a great hole left in the movement’ by his close friend.

A Society President and Rally organiser for nearly four decades, his involvement in the movement was instrumental in its development and growth over the years.

Originally born in Rochdale, he spent the majority of his life living in Cumbria.

He was married to wife Jenny.

Tim also previously worked as a prison warden, a health and safety officer and was known for his sense of humour.

Described as a man who was not afraid to make unpopular decisions, and someone who would always act in the best interest of the movement.

His work in the movement was instrumental in the developed of the organisation.

Close friend and society colleague Steve Morris said: “It is with much sadness we have had another great loss to the Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society.

Tim Holt passed away last night, June 8, after a long illness.

“Anyone who has ever been to the Steam Gathering will know Tim who was the society President, and Rally organiser for around 40 years, and the steam gathering would not of reached the highs and standard it did without Tim’s drive and enthusiasm.

“Most of us on the organising committee are only there after hearing Tim’s voice saying, 'I’ve got a Job for thee'.

"When you got to know him, he had an incredible sense of humour and a big personality.

“There after he would take us under his wing and make us one of the team.

“He will be very much missed by all who knew him.

“Both at CSVVS and the national traction Engine Trust, where he served for many years as the Chairman of the Rally organisers national committee.

“He was a brilliant man and a great friend.

“It’s going to be a very different place without him. We miss you.”

Tim remained closely associated with the organisation during his later years.

As recently as 2019, he took part in the Flookburgh Cark Airfield Steam Gathering festival, which has taken place since 1973.

He was a very well-known figure during the festival and was often the recipient of awards.