Hundreds at funeral of Barrowford stalwart Mick Simpson - PHOTOS

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HUNDREDS of mourners turned out for the funeral of Barrowford community stalwart Mick Simpson on Friday.

Crowds packed every available space in Highford Methodist Church and spilled into the grounds to say a final farewell to community man and former Barrowford Parish Council chairman Mick Simpson.

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Coun. Simpson (61) was involved in a serious road accident on the A90 between Perth and Dundee on the evening of Saturday, January 15th. His navy Volvo C70 convertible in which he was driving came off the notorious dual carriageway and down a 10ft embankment, overturning before smashing into a wall.

Days later, with his wife Julie, and their children Rachel (25), Danielle (24), Nicola (22), Garred (19), Charlotte (17) and grandson Jaxon by his bedside at the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, the heartbreaking decision was made to turn off his life support machine.

The new grandad to six-week-old baby Jaxon, his eldest daughter’s first child, had been on his way to see his brother Patrick in Montrose, where he was planning to spend a few days.

Mr Simpson sat on Barrowford Council for over 15 years and was chairman for five, where he helped and provided for the village community as well as sitting on the Barrowford Bonfire Committee.

Following a heart attack he became heavily involved with various organisations in his home village of Barrowford and across Pendle. He lent his name to Pendle Partnership, Pendle Community Network, the Friends of Victoria Park and was on the board of governors at St Thomas’s Primary School and Barrowford School.

Mr Simpson grew up in Nelson and attended Percy Street School and Walverden Secondary Modern School before undertaking a degree in pure maths and engineering.