Artistic former Earby man (74) dies

Peter Webster. (S)
Peter Webster. (S)

A popular art-loving former Earby man has died at the age of 74.

Peter Webster, a Skipton resident, but formerly of Earby, died at Manorlands Hospice, Oxenhope.

He was born in Coventry but during the Blitz the family moved up to the north west and settled in Earby, where Peter grew up with his older brother Dennis and younger sisters Sylvia and Margaret.

After attending schools in Earby, Mr Webster went to Keighley Tech College and had a varied career including work at the Electricity Board, Rolls-Royce and his own corner shop on Longroyd Road in Earby. He went on to study as a mature student in his 40s.

Mr Webster was a keen churchgoer, attending George Street Methodist Church in Earby where he took part in numerous pantomimes along with his soon-to-be young wife, the late Megan. They had one daughter, Mandy and settled in Earby.

Wherever Mandy settled for work abroad, mainly in the Middle East, Mr Webster visited and spent many happy times with his sketch pad capturing the various scenes.

He was a very creative man and had many hobbies and would often put on exhibitions and displays in Barnoldswick Library and Skipton Town Hall.

In more recent times, Mr Webster continued his artistic hobbies and loved attending auctions at Ilkley.

Paying tribute, daughter Mandy said: “He could turn his hand to anything with ease. He will be very sadly missed by his family, friends, neighbours and former work colleagues.”