A FORMER Clitheroe licensee who became a popular and well-respected member of the community has died at the age of 91 in her home town of Lytham.
Mrs Rhoda Clark first moved to the Ribble Valley with her husband Ron in the 1960s to take over the Wellsprings Hotel, where they stayed for 12 months before moving to The Royal Oak, in Waterloo, Clitheroe.
In 1968, the couple moved to The Brown Cow, on Whalley Road, where they ran a very successful business for seven years, becoming well-known for their work in trade charities.
Mrs Clark was an active member of the Clitheroe and District Women’s Auxiliary to the Licensed Trade, serving as secretary and vice-chairman before becoming chairman.
She was the first person to wear the newly commissioned chairman’s chain of office presented to her in 1973 by Mr Miles Eastwood, managing director of Lion Brewery.
Soon after her husband died, Rhoda came out of the trade and returned to live near her eldest daughter, Diane Pickup, in Lytham.
Her other three daughters are Gillian Turnbull, who lives in France, Violet Morris and Frances Heatherington, who lives in Clitheroe.
She had eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and her life revolved around her family and spending holidays in Turkey with them.