Daffodil handout marks anniversary of Barnoldswick florist’s death

Mellissa Beckley with the daffodils that she will be giving out to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Mellissa Beckley with the daffodils that she will be giving out to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

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A BARNOLDSWICK florist’s is preparing for an emotional week ahead as it marks the first anniversary of the passing of its popular former proprietor.

On April 7th last year, Barlick was shocked as well-known House of Flowers owner Gail Usher died peacefully in her sleep.

A year on from Miss Usher’s untimely death, the shop is planning to hand out daffodils to people in Barnoldswick throughout next week in return for a donation to the British Heart Foundation.

Mellissa Beckley, who has taken on the Frank Street shop from her good friend, says Miss Usher felt “amazing” as she did the same 12 months ago when she gave away hundreds bunches of the yellow flowers in Barnoldswick town centre to mark two decades of the business being open for trade.

Miss Usher is still fondly remembered by many and her bench takes pride of place in Barnoldswick’s Town Square, usually adorned with bright flowers whichever season of the year.

House of Flowers’s Huddersfield-based supplier has offered a helping hand too, by selling the daffodils at cost price to the shop in the hope that more money can be raised for the charity.

Mellissa said: “It was quite hard knowing what to do to mark 12 months since her passing.

“It was March 22nd last year when she handed out flowers as it was 20 years since she first opened the shop. Gail was absolutely buzzing, I’ve never seen her smile so big.

“She just kept coming back saying ‘I need more, I need more’.

“It seemed logical to replicate something Gail did.

“She hated winter with a passion. Daffodils herald the start of spring which is why she loved them so much.”