Barley businessman dies after fall

The Late David Weatherill (S)
The Late David Weatherill (S)

A highly respected man who helped make his village hall very successful has died after an accident.

Mr David Weatherill (78), from Barley, was badly injured on Boxing Day on a fall downstairs at his home.

He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital by an air ambulance with head injuries and later transferred to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where died.

Mr Weatherill was chairman of Barley Village Hall for decades and had a key role in making it successful.

Along with Mr Chris Widdas, he organised the annual Barley Model Exhibition for over 20 years. It will take place in Mr Weatherill’s memory in early May.

Mr Weatherill was born in Gargrave, Yorkshire, and met his wife, Audrey, there when her family were living in Sutton-in-Craven. They have lived in Barley for over 50 years.

He was an engineer and ran his own firm, Fixtur Laser. His three sons each became engineers and his daughter is an outdoor education teacher. His son Ian is a joint owner of Barnoldswick’s successful bike firm Hope Technology Ltd, and son Alan is sales director there.

Mr Weatherill’s other son, Peter, is a sales engineer, based in the North East of England, and daughter Janice is a deputy head teacher in the Lake District.

Janice said: “Unfortunately, my dad never recovered from his serious accident. We will miss him greatly.”

Mr Weatherill was also a judge for the Best Kept Villages Contest and, for more than 30 years, was chairman of Wetherby Motor Club

Janice added: “My dad was great at getting things done. He and a couple of friends set up a not-for-profit company to bring broadband to Barley and the surrounding farms as the BT line to the village is so poor. They supply broadband to about 30 houses.”

Following a family funeral there will be a celebration of his life at St Mary’s Church, Newchurch-in-Pendle, at 11-45am on Tuesday with refreshments later at Barley Village Hall.