BARNOLDSWICK: Tributes after death of musician aged 101

Phyllis Cutler
Phyllis Cutler

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 101-year-old great-grandmother from Barnoldswick who died at the weekend.

Phyllis Cutler passed away at Briercliffe Lodge nursing home where she had been living since 2005.

Born in 1909 and brought up in Lower Rook Street, Phyllis was a pupil at Rainhall Road School.

Her lifelong interest in music began at the age of seven when she learned to play the piano and she was later involved with musical and stage productions in the town.

Leaving school at 14, Phyllis began work at the weaving mill, Moss Shed. She also worked in the milliners’ department at Barnoldswick’s Co-operative.

Phyllis met and married husband Charles in 1931 and shortly after the couple moved to Chadwell Heath in Essex, in search of better economic prospects.

Their first son Donald was born in 1934 and the family were settled until the Second World War turned their lives upside down.

Donald’s school was hit by a bomb in the middle of the night, as was the house the children were temporarily moved to for schooling.

With the raids on the capital feeling a little too close for comfort, the family decided to move back north and settled first in Skipton where the couple ran two newsagents in Broughton.

In 1943 Phyllis gave birth to their second son Howard and the family eventually relocated to Barnoldswick for good in 1950. Phyllis returned to work at the Co-operative in the grocery department. Having been involved with the Bethesda Baptist Chapel in her youth, Phyllis and Charles became members of Ghyll Church after they had returned to the town.

After Charles died in 1994, Phyllis continued to live on her own until she moved into Briercliffe Lodge five years ago.

She leaves sons Donald and Howard, grandchildren Mark, Neil, Oliver and Rebecca, and great-grandchildren Cadence and Jacob.

The funeral will take place on March 7th at Ghyll Church at 11 a.m. The family has asked that any donations be made to Briercliffe Lodge.