Tributes have been paid to a former West Midlands director of the National Farmers' Union, who died earlier this month. Bryan Baker, who was the first regional director of the organisation, died at the age of 67.
Mr Baker was made an MBE last year for the voluntary work he had undertaken following his retirement from the NFU after 36 years work.
He worked with the Stafford Prison's Board of Visitors and was the chairman of the National Council of the Prison Board of Visitors.
Richard Macdonald, director general of the NFU, expressed his sadness at the news.
He said: "He gave wonderful service for us over many years and I remember him well as NFU Staffordshire county secretary, and then as our first regional director in the West Midlands.
"He did a super job for farmers and was one of the NFU's great characters."
Mr Baker began his career with the NFU in 1957 as junior county secretary in Lincoln and became assistant secretary for Staffordshire three years later.
He was appointed group secretary for Derby in 1965 before holding the post of county secretary for Staffordshire for 15 years.
He secured his position as NFU West Midlands regional director in 1989 when the union regionalised.
He was a keen sportsman and was an avid football fan and briefly held the post of chairman of Stafford Rangers.
Mr Baker, who lived at Gaol Butts, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, leaves his wife Jan, a grown-up son and daughter, and eight grandchildren.