Pendle Schools Festival stalwart dies

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A MAN who had been secretary for the Pendle Schools’ Festival for more than 40 years has died.

Dudley Pickles (83), of Halifax Road, Nelson, had been a teacher himself and was described by one of his festival colleagues as an “amazing” man.

Born in Nelson, Mr Pickles attended Nelson Grammar School before going on to teacher training college in Wales, taking up his first teaching post at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn.

He then taught at St John’s Primary School, Nelson, before moving to Briercliffe Primary School as deputy head, where he stayed until he retired.

Mr Pickles’s involvement with the Schools’ Festival - an annual week-long celebration of the arts which culminates in a mass music night on the last evening - stretched back to the 1960s and chairman Wendy Harvey said: “He was an amazing man.

“He worked very hard for the festival and was very proud of it. He had the capacity to remember details and I respected him so much. He will be deeply missed because of his knowledge.”

Mr Pickles did a lot of work for local charities and was also connected with the over-50s club in Brierfield.

He was a long-standing member of Baptist churches in Nelson, firstly in Carr Road and more recently at Woodlands Road, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday before burial in the family grave in Nelson Cemetery.