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Johnny Hudson

Johnny Hudson of Richmond Crescent, Knuzden, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday 7th July 2019, aged 50 years. During his life Johnny worked in the Gas industry for over 20 years.  He was a devoted family man and life revolved around spending time with them.  He also greatly enjoyed football and was a Rovers… Continue Reading

Yvonne Drane

Yvonne Drane of Banbury Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, passed away peacefully on Friday 28th June 2019, aged 81 years. She was born and grew up in Lancaster before moving to Blackburn at the age of 12 or 13.  Later on, during her working life she worked for a couple of companies including Mullards, then Philips and also… Continue Reading

Derek Shanks

Derek Shanks of Monk Street, Accrington, passed away on Wednesday 26th June 2019, aged 60 years. During his life Derek worked at F & K Knowles slipper factory on Kay Street in Oswaldtwistle and also Express Gifts in Church.  In his spare time he liked football and socialising with friends and was a well known… Continue Reading

John (Jack) Heyes

Jack Heyes of Oswaldtwistle, passed away suddenly in hospital after a short illness on Sunday 16th June 2019, aged 92 years. In 1941, Jack left school and started work at Howard & Bullough’s as a tool fitter and draughtsman, he also worked for a number of other local engineering companies throughout his life including JT… Continue Reading

Peter Metcalfe

Peter Silvester Metcalfe of Howarth Avenue, Church, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday 13th June 2019, aged 70 years. For most of his working life he was well known in the local area, working as a gardener for over twenty years. He was known affectionately as ‘Pete the Gardener’ In his spare time and… Continue Reading

Linda Merrick

Linda Merrick of Miller Close, Oswaldtwistle, passed away peacefully on Thursday 16th May 2019, aged 65 years. In her younger years Linda attended Rhyddings High School and during her life has worked at sewing factories as well as various nursing homes.  In her spare time she enjoyed caravanning, bingo and music and was also a… Continue Reading

Kenneth Steele

Kenneth Steele of Back Lane, Baxenden, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday 4th May 2019, aged 89 years. In his early years Kenneth attended St John’s C of E School in Baxenden and started off his working life as a maintenance engineer at Highams and later worked as a sewing machine mechanic at Karrimor.… Continue Reading

Roy Thistlethwaite

Roy Thistlethwaite of Hood Street, Accrington, passed away peacefully in hospital on Friday 3rd May 2019, aged 63 years. During his life Roy mainly worked as a heating plumber, he also loved tinkering, building, fixing and mending things as well as doing the odd bit of joinery. Roy was the dearly loved son of Violet,… Continue Reading

Jean Furlong

Peacefully passed away in Springfield Care Home, Blackburn on Tuesday 7th May, aged 81 years. A former pupil of Rhyddings School, Oswaldtwistle and former employee of British Aerospace. Jean lived in Penwortham, Preston for the majority of her adulthood, prior to moving in later life to Mellor, Blackburn, to be closer to her daughter and… Continue Reading

Melanie Bolton

Melanie Bolton of Clayton-le-Moors, passed away peacefully in the East Lancashire Hospice on Friday 3rd May 2019, aged 46 years. In her younger years Melanie attended Moorhead High School, she later joined the Police force, where she worked as a custody officer for over 20 years. In her spare time and when not on duty… Continue Reading

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