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The Late Lord Sidmouth who died 30th January 2005 (an extract from the tribute to Lord Sidmouth in the Daily Telegraph)
The 7th Viscount Sidmouth died recently, aged 90 years. He played an important role in making cut flowers a familiar feature of ordinary life, when he set up a nursery in Kenya to supply British and European markets. In 1964 John Addington ( as he then was) bought a nursery at Limuru, outside Nairobi. While his eldest son ran the nursery growing carnations, roses and alstroemirias, he organised the complicated task of importing and repacking them to Britain. The venture was an immediate success. The Dutch followed his example and are now leaders in international flower exports. After withdrawing from Kenya he became Managing Director of Joseph Rodford & Sons. He most notably ran a 26 acre site at Slough, growing carnations, grapes and cucumbers under glass. He did some successful research how to cure the problems of white fly and red spider mite that attacked the cucumbers.
The new Lord Sidmouth, John Tonge Anthony Pellew Addington, was born in India on October 3rd 1914 into a family descended from Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, whose succession to the prime ministership after the younger Pitt prompted the couplet "Pitt is to Addington/As London is to Paddington". The eldest of nine children, he won a scholarship to Oxford, then entered the railway side of the Colonial Service, doing a traffic apprenticeship with the Southern and the North Eastern Railways. Among his many activities he played rugby (for Newcastle) and squash, and climbed Kilimanjaro. He rose within the ranks of the Kenya Uganda Railways and Harbours to become assistant chief operating superintendent Research Institute.
On the death of his father in 1967, he took his seat in the House of Lords to sit on the crossbenches and speak on horticulture and railways. Drawing on his experience in East Africa, he was a keen advocate of the Channel Tunnel, travelling on the first train that went through in 1994.
He gave the Manor Rooms to the Upottery Parish Council over two years ago.