Farmer and community stalwart Ted dies

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Respected farmer, former councillor and school governor Ted Airey has died at the aged of 83.

Born the middle child of five at Saddle Side Farm, Chipping, Mr Airey attended Brabin’s and then Thornley school before the family moved to farm at Thornley Hall in 1945, where he was happy to join his dad and brothers at the age of 14.

A founder member of Chipping Young Farmers’ Club, showing cattle at local shows, he won many trophies and prizes and took over Thornley Hall in the mid-60s, building up the Loudbank Herd of pedigree Holstein Friesian cattle, which is still farmed by two of his sons and three of his grandsons.

He was also a keen sheep breeder and most winter weekends enjoyed the local shoot along with his dog.

Mr Airey was a school governor for many years at Thornley, Brabin’s and Longridge High schools, fighting to save Thornley School from closure in the 70s and followed in his father’s footsteps to serve on Thornley-with-Wheatley Parish Council, also serving on Clitheroe Rural District Council.

Although a move to Longridge 20 years ago saw him enjoying gardening and touring holidays in Britain, Canada and America with Irene, Mr Airey could not keep away from the farm, arriving most days and even in his later years, could be seen helping to bring up the cows and the sheep.

He will be sadly missed by family and friends and leaves eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.