Ex Waddington licensee Thelma dies

Thelma Hartley
Thelma Hartley

A WELL-RESPECTED and popular Waddington character Thelma Hartley died this week after a short illness aged 73.

Thelma had lived in the village since her mother, Mrs Ella Raby, became the licensee of the Higher Buck Inn in 1961.

Thelma worked alongside her mother in the pub until Mrs Raby’s retirement in 1979.

Born in Blackburn, Thelma worked for most of her life within the licensed trade, with stints at several pubs in Blackburn, followed by spells at the Golden Ball, Pilling, and the Copy Nook Hotel, Bolton-by-Bowland. In the latter stages of her life, she spent treasured time with her great friend and companion Phil Knight.

Her good friend Susan Boothman said: “Thelma was a real character, known by many of the villagers of Waddington from both her time in the pub and for playing a big part in village life over many years. She will be very sadly missed.”

A thanksgiving service and cremation took place at St Helen’s Church, Waddington and Accrington Crematorium last Friday (August 3rd).