The Blackman was one of the most popular of the pipe companies and was often seen in the media at the time.
He died at the age of 96 and was buried in his hometown of Cumbria.
“He’s a great man, he’s been a friend for a long time, but he’s also a great pipe salesman,” said Tom, who is also the owner of Pipeland in Cumbrians own town of Coombe.
“He sold his pipes for many years and he was a great salesman.”
Tom said that when he was in Cuny he used to go to Blackman Pipe to buy a pipe and he had a huge collection.
“It was the most amazing pipe store I ever saw, because it was like a museum.
You could buy anything from blacksmith pipes to a custom made blackman pipe and they had everything,” he said.
Tom also said that he was saddened when he learned that his grandfather, who died when he had his first child, was buried at Blackman.
“When I heard the news, I was heartbroken,” he explained.
The pipes are in a very special place and Tom said that they will always be there for him.
“The pipe business is like a family, you know?
The pipe is what we all have, the pipe is who we are,” he added.
A local councillor who lives in Cairns, David White, said he has visited the site of Blackman pipe every year since he was mayor in the early 2000s.
“We’ve been going there all the time and we’ve had to buy them back because of the pollution,” Mr White said.
“And I thought if we can make the pipes safe, it’ll be a lot easier for us to keep going back there.”
Mr White said that despite the pollution, the pipes are still there and he said he would like to see the pipes preserved.
Mr Whites comments come as the local government plans to build a new home in the town, which has been home to the Black Man’s Pipe Company for over 100 years.
In a statement, the council said it had been working with local authorities in Cairs, Coombeth and Cairn, to develop a plan for the site.
They said the plans included “a new community centre, a new office, a cafe and other facilities” for the company and said they were also looking to restore and improve the old pipe shop.
Earlier this year, Cairngorm Mayor David Cunyon said that the site was a priority for the council to save.
“This will be a very important site for the future of the town,” he told ABC News.
While local politicians have said they would like the pipes to be preserved, the Council of the Northern Ireland has said it has no plans to do so.
“There are a number of other opportunities to do something about the pipes and we will work with local communities to do that,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“Local authorities are also responsible for the conservation of other historic properties in Cirencester, as well as the conservation and protection of heritage resources.”
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