Road name honours Pendle businessman

Ian Scothern. (S)
Ian Scothern. (S)

A well-known Pendle 
businessman and cricketer is to be permanently remembered in his hometown with the naming of a road after him.

Pendle Council will name a street in the new housing estate off Valley Road in Barnoldswick “Scothern Close” after Ian Scothern (48), who died in January after a nine- year battle with cancer.

Ian grew up in the town, lived all his life here and was very proud to be a Barlicker

Brother

Mr Scothern, who left behind wife Kathy and children Tom (19) and Hannah (16), was known throughout East Lancashire for his cricketing ability playing for Barnoldswick.

He was also highly regarded as an astute businessman and worked as a director for the family business, Harry Garlick’s, which has branches in Barnoldswick, Burnley, Clitheroe, Nelson and Skipton. An official unveiling is set to be held in Barnoldswick next month.

Ian’s brother, Mike, said: “The first we heard about it was when we received a letter from the council. We were very touched and thought it was a really nice tribute.

“Ian grew up in the town, lived all his life here and was very proud to be a Barlicker.”

Pendle Council’s engineering department consulted with ward councillors and Barnoldswick Town Council on a proposed naming scheme for the new housing development’s access road.

In most circumstances, the developer suggests a shortlist of three names. However,
on this occasion it was left 
entirely at the discretion of the local councillors and the town
council who felt it appropriate
and fitting Mr Scothern should
be remembered in this way.