Tributes paid to popular former plumber from Colne

A popular former plumber from Colne has died, aged 92.

Keen photographer Sidney Foulds would have been celebrating his 93rd birthday on Friday.

But the Burnley FC fan sadly lost his 18-month battle with lung cancer at the end of March.

Now his daughter Sheila has paid tribute to her father for the first time, remembering him as an “active” and much-loved man.

She said: “My dad did a good job for his customers, and he was very well-known.

“People respected him and loved him. He wasn’t a gregarious man.

“He was quite quiet and self-contained, but he was very friendly.

“I hope people will remember that he was a good tradesman.

“He wouldn’t have done anybody any harm.

“He had marvellous health until comparatively recently.”

Sidney started his long career as an apprentice, before then starting his own business as a master plumber and electrician.

He married his wife Irene in 1954, after meeting her on an organised trip to France. Irene died three years ago.

Sidney retired at the age of 60, but being a “restless character” helped at the Peter Birtwistle Trust three mornings a week until he was 80.

In his younger days, he enjoyed mountaineering, climbing and playing golf.

And throughout his life he maintained an interest in steam trains and fairground organs and rallies.

Sheila, of Grosvenor Street, added: “The love of his life was fairground organs and rallies.

“He used to go out helping his friend who had a fairground organ.

“They would go all over, and he used to make videos when he went to the rallies.”

Sidney’s funeral was held at Skipton Crematorium, and was well attended by his family and friends.