Community stalwart and passionate campaigner Derek dies (79)

Derek Mann. (S)
Derek Mann. (S)
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A popular community stalwart has died after collapsing at home at the weekend.

Derek Ernest Mann (79), of Knotts Lane, Colne, died peacefully at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on Sunday according to his family after falling ill earlier in the day.

Mr Mann was Chairman of the Waterside Neighbourhood Action Group and was always keen to get local residents opinions and bring people together to find practical solutions to problems encountered.

He was an active member of the Colne in Bloom team and a supporter of the Selrap campaign to reopen the Colne to Skipton railway line, one of many local campaigns he passionately believed in.

A frequent writer of letters to Leader Times Newspapers, Mr Mann enjoyed stirring up debate, and he also regularly contributed articles to the Have Faith Column despite being a member of the British Humanist Association.

Mr Mann’s family would like to thank the paramedics who responded so quickly to the emergency call and all the fantastic Critical Care Team at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

His funeral will take place at Burnley Crematorium on Wednesday, November 4th at 1-30pm followed by an afternoon tea party at 3pm in Holy Trinity Hall in Tatton Street, Colne.