Former Hydes head brewer and chairman Chris Hyde has died at the age of 80, after a period of illness. Hyde died peacefully on 3 November. He started at the Company in May 1950 as a trainee brewer, became head brewer and director in 1960 and concluded his active involvement with the Company in July 2005 as chairman. He was a great supporter of the Incorporated Brewers Guild and was also chairman of the Brewers’ Benevolent Society for a number of years. The Hydes board said: "He will be greatly missed by many people at the Company and beyond." His funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Bowdon on Friday 12 November at 12.45pm. No flowers please, donations to R N L I.