A talented musician, who was one of only two students in Lancashire to win a scholarship to the Royal Manchester College of Music, has died at the age of 89.
Mrs Enid Lovett won her place at the prestigious school in 1944, bringing honour to her hometown of Nelson.
A former pupil of St John’s Primary and Nelson Grammar schools, Mrs Lovett, who many people will remember as Trudgill, went to live in Bournemouth after graduating from Manchester where she took up a career as a music teacher who also gave piano lessons.
A former pupil is the internationally renowned pianst Joseph Middleton whose parents attended Mrs Lovett’s funeral in her adopted hometown of Stroud, Gloucestershire, where she had lived for many years.
She returned to her hometown in 1984 for her marriage to her second husband, Geoffrey Lovett, at Central Methodist Church in Nelson. The couple, who settled in Gloucestershire, knew each other growing up as they attended the same schools and Mr Lovett is also a former graduate of the Royal Manchester College of Music.
Also a gifted musician, Geoffrey was conductor of the Pendle Opera at the time and the couple were serenaded by the entire chorus. Two professional opera singers from London also sang at the wedding which was conducted by Mrs Lovett’s brother, the Rev. Keith Trudgill.
Mr Lovett was also the conductor at several other musical organisations including St John’s Operatic Society, Burnley Light Opera Society, Colne Operatic Society and Colne Orchestral Society.
Mrs Lovett leaves her husband, two sons and two grandchildren.