Former Barnoldswick pharmacy owner dies

Lillian Wellock
Lillian Wellock

TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known great-grandmother from Barnoldswick.

Lillian Wellock, formerly Broughton, passed away aged 98.

She spent the last 10 years of her life at Thornton Hill Care Home and her family said she had lived a full and happy life.

Born in 1913, Lillian first lived in Powell Street and was a pupil at Gisburn Road Primary School.

She was the youngest of five, with siblings Elva, Arnold, Stephen and Herman. Lillian began work at County Brook Mill as a weaver before brother Stephen opened up Yankee Bar - now the Wine Bank - in Church Street and she went to work with him.

She also sold chocolates at the Palace Theatre where she developed a love of music and films.

For many years Lillian attended the Mayfair School of Dancing, indulging her passion for dance.

Lillian married Jack Wellock in the late 1930s and they opened a chemist’s shop in Rainhall Road. Their daughter Anne soon followed. Jack’s death in 1967 forced the closure of the shop a year later.

In later life, Lillian lived for periods in York and St Anne’s.

Her family said: “Lillian will be sadly missed and every member of the family are so proud she lived a full and happy life.”

Lillian leaves daughter Anne, grandchildren Adrian, Damian and Beverley and great grandchildren Joe, Jessica, Bethany, Scarlet, Millie and Mason.