Emotional tributes have been paid to a “unique and colourful” Hessle Roader who ran his well-known store for decades.

Arthur Platten was known throughout the Hessle Road community having run the Sellwoods domestic appliance store from 1970 until he finally closed up in 2018 due to his ailing health.

It has been a double blow for the Platten family after Arthur’s brother Robert died unexpectedly from Covid-19 earlier this year, which Arthur took hard.

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Arthur died on June 11 after a long illness, aged 83. He leaves behind daughters Helen and Michelle and grandsons Liam, Benjamin, Dan, Toby and Will.

Daughter Helen said: “My dad grew up in West Dock Street and all his family are from there. They were a fishing family.

“My mum passed away 20 years ago but they ran the shop together.

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Arthur Platten, who ran Sellwoods on Hessle Road for decades
Arthur Platten, who ran Sellwoods on Hessle Road for decades

“Everyone knew my dad and if you wanted to repair a domestic appliance or get a spare part he would be the one to go to.

“He was also big into his bookies and the store is even named after a jockey!

“The shop was always a social place for my dad, more so than a business, particularly in his later years. People would go there and end up chatting for ages.

“We all moved to Willerby but he would be in Hessle Road every day. That is where he wanted to be and he never took holidays.”

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Helen praised her dad’s generosity which is part of the reason he was so well liked.

“One said he was a unique and colourful character and that really does sum him up.

“He was really generous and would always go out of his way to help people. He was never materialistic.

“He was an independent person and always did his own thing.”

Arthur always had a tale to tell as well.

Sir Tom Courtenay back on Hessle Road
Sir Tom Courtenay back on Hessle Road

“Also dad loved to tell a good story,” Helen said. “He had so many memories and always had something to say.

“Whether it was about his national service which, although only two years, it seemed he went to every country!

“But he knew so many characters and he was always able to chat with a lot of people because he knew their families or had someone in common.

“He was best friends with the actor Tom Courtney at West Dock Avenue School who also mentions a couple of snippets of dad in his book Dear Tom, such as how as kids they would sneak into the horse races so my dad had more money to spend once inside.”

The sudden loss of his younger brother Robert earlier this year was a big setback for Arthur.

Robert, 74, also ran a store on Hessle Road called Roberts which sold furniture.

Helen said: “Robert was his younger brother who owned Roberts furniture shop on Hessle Road for many, many years but he sadly passed away this year due to Covid.

“It was very unexpected and a total blow to my dad and the family.”

Arthur Platten, who ran Sellwoods on Hessle Road for decades, along with Hessle Road historian Alex Gill
Arthur Platten, who ran Sellwoods on Hessle Road for decades, along with Hessle Road historian Alex Gill

Well known Hessle Road historian and photographer Alec Gill and his partner Audrey Dunne also paid tribute.

Alec said: “It was amazing inside his shop. There would be shelves everywhere and he would be able to help with any domestic appliance.”

Audrey added: “Arthur was such a lovely man. He was very easy-going and he would help anyone out.

“He had such a generous spirit and was a good-hearted man. We will all miss him.”

The private funeral service will be held on Tuesday 2021 at 3.30pm at Haltemprice Crematorium.

But the cortege will head down Hessle Road and pass his former Sellwoods store between 2.30pm-3pm which will give people a chance to pay their final respects.