Barrowford businesswoman dies

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Well-known former councillor and local businesswoman Mrs Edna Elizabeth Halstead died in Blackburn Royal Infirmary last Thursday, following a short illness, aged 88.

Born in Earby, she spent the early part of her life in Kelbrook, where her parents were farmers, before marrying and moving to Colne.

The bulk of her life was spent in Barrowford, where she represented Newbridge ward for the Conservatives on the old Barrowford Urban District Council for many years in the 1960s and 70s.

Mrs Halstead ran two businesses, Barrowford florists, The Wheelbarrow, and later Nelson milliners and ladies’ outfitters F. Robinson, based in Scotland Road.

During her life she became actively involved with a number of charities and organisations, including the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

She spent the last years of her life as a resident of Carr Hall Home For The Elderly, Nelson.

Her husband, Mr Hanson Halstead, died in 1972.

Mrs Halstead leaves two married sons, three granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

The funeral is to take place at 12-30 p.m. on Tuesday at St Thomas’s Church, Barrowford, followed by interment at Barrowford Cemetery.