A UNION Jack flag flies at half mast over Earby Conservative Club this week following the sudden death of its long-serving and popular steward.
Tributes have been paid to 62-year-old Douglas “Dougie” Harrold, who collapsed at the club on Boxing Day evening. Despite the best efforts of paramedics, he died shortly after.
Hailing from the Liverpool area, Mr Harrold came to Earby around 16 years ago when he took on the position as steward at the Water Street club.
He became a hugely popular member of the community and made many friends in the town.
Club secretary Brian Honey said: “It was a real shock when he died. He had some health problems a couple of years ago but there will be an inquest to see what happened.
“He was very popular with members and will be very sadly missed.”
President of the club, John Little said: “He was a loyal and good servant for 16 years at the club and made many friends here. He will be very missed because he was such a character with a very good Scouse humour. He made a lot of people smile. From the committee, club members and friends, we will miss you ‘Buster’.”
Mr Harrold’s funeral takes place on Friday. A short ceremony will first be held at FC Foster’s Chapel of Rest in Linden Road at 9-15 a.m. before a service at Skipton Crematorium.
Family and friends will then celebrate Mr Harrold’s life with a buffet back at the Conservative Club.