Touching tribute paid to former Foulridge farmer

IN LOVING MEMORY: A dedication service has been held at  Foulridge Cricket Club to commemorate the installation of a bench in memory of former Foulridge parish Councillor and local farmer Andrew Wilson (S)
IN LOVING MEMORY: A dedication service has been held at Foulridge Cricket Club to commemorate the installation of a bench in memory of former Foulridge parish Councillor and local farmer Andrew Wilson (S)

A proud daughter has expressed her gratitude to Foulridge Parish Council after they paid a touching tribute to her dad over the weekend.

Rachel Wilson, from Barnoldswick, was one of approximately 25 people to attend a service in memory of former farmer Andrew Wilson on Saturday.

The event, which was presided over by the Rev. Priestley Brooks, saw a bench installed at Foulridge Cricket Club in Mr Wilson’s name.

Miss Wilson (29) said: “The Reverend did a brilliant job — it was a really nice service.

“One of the things that stood out was when the priest talked about my dad’s sense of humour.

“Even when he was poorly he still attended a remembrance service, and did a reading. It was touching that somebody had seen him do that — it showed his strength.

“The views from the bench are amazing and they overlook the farm house where we grew up. It is a quiet and reflective spot.”

Mr Wilson, (57), of Cocker Hill, Foulridge, died suddenly in 2011.

The keen photographer and former Colne Grammar School student was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in August, and sadly lost his fight on Christmas Day.

Mr Wilson had been a member of the village council since 1991 and had been its chairman five times.

Over the last few months of his life, with the help of family and friends, he raised thousands of pounds for Yorkshire-based charity Brain Tumour Research and Support — where his daughter is now the office manager.

Miss Wilson added: “It really did come out of nowhere.

“He died four months after his diagnosis. It was really quick.”