TRIBUTES have been paid to former Ribble Valley farmer Harry Moon, who died aged 82.
Harry, who was born at Middlebanks Farm, near Holden, was the second child of William and Ruth Moon. After attending Lane Ends School at Grindleton, Harry went to Ribblesdale School, Clitheroe, but, from a young age, it was clear farming was in his blood.
Relatives recall how, at the age of four, Harry could be seen milking a cow by hand before setting off for school.
From the farm at Holden, the family moved to Bradley Hall at Chaigley and it was there Harry worked after leaving school.
In 1950, Harry married Joyce and they went to live and work at Read Hall. It was there that their son John was born.
A few years later, Harry left his job to help his brother-in-law, who was suffering from ill health, with his milk round in Bolton. The family subsequently moved to Farnworth, near Bolton, and Harry took over the milk round.
However, his love for farming the countryside soon drew him back home, with Harry travelling from Farnworth on a daily basis to work.
Eventually the family moved to Waddington where they lived happily for many years. It was while living there that Harry's three grandchildren Glen, Rachel and Rebecca, were born.
Many people will remember Harry for driving the minibus for Moorland School and he also worked part-time for Hodsons Coaches.
In his retirement, Harry, who will be remembered for his good nature, enjoyed playing bowls, cards and dancing.
Sadly, in 2000, Harry was widowed when Joyce died suddenly. This was followed by further sadness when his son John passed away in 2004.
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