Tributes to well known Barnoldswick flower enthusiast

Alan Greenwood, pictured at a flower show in Harrogate in April 2013. (S)
Alan Greenwood, pictured at a flower show in Harrogate in April 2013. (S)

Tributes have poured in for a popular Barnoldswick horticulture enthusiast who has died at the age of 80.

The funeral of Alan Greenwood was held last week following his death in December. He had courageously battled failing kidneys for the last three years.

Born in Barnoldswick in 1934, Mr Greenwood attended Barnoldswick CE Primary School before going on to Ermysted’s Grammar School in Skipton.

After leaving school he went on to become an apprentice painter and decorator, working from Simpson’s in Barlick, and briefly for a firm in Burnley.

But he went on to work for Rolls-Royce in 1964 for 38 years using his skills on a completely different platform from doors and walls; fan blades.

Mr Greenwood met his future wife Celia at a mutual friend’s house in July 1960 and it was love at first sight. By April 1961, they were married at St Mary’s Church in Yorkshire Street, Burnley.

The couple first lived at Bournville Avenue in Nelson, moving to Barnoldswick briefly and then to Higherford for eight years where they had their three children; Alison, Clare and Stephen.

Moving back to Barnoldswick, first living in Moorgate and later Pennine Way where they stayed for 30 years.

A Burnley football fan from a young age, it was back in Barnoldswick where Mr Greenwood discovered his love of horticulture which would become his life.

He became the secretary of the Barnoldswick Horticultural Society and his flowers won awards and prizes everywhere from local shows to prestigious events in Harrogate and Southport.

Mr and Mrs Greenwood enjoyed holidays in Spain when travelling abroad and Newquay when the children were growing up.

They also enjoyed a special Mediterranean cruise in 2009.

In later life, Mr Greenwood had a stroke in 2004, but it was his love of horticulture which helped regain movement in his fingers.

Reflecting, Mrs Greenwood said: “I’ll just miss him, Alan. We’ve had some great times and fun at the shows. The Horticultural Society was like one big happy family. Wherever he went, the children went with him.”