Sabden history buff Raymond dies

Raymond Waling
Raymond Waling

SABDEN will say goodbye to one of its favourite sons, with the funeral on Tuesday of Raymond Waling.

Raymond was a proud Sabdener, born in Thorn Street and spending the whole of his 79 years in the village until his death last Friday.

He was one of those special people who are happy with his lot, loving his village, his family and his many friends, taking photographs, chatting in the street and walking his dog. He loved to travel and go on holiday, but was always happy to come home.

He was one of three children, having two sisters, the late Evelyn and Winnie, and attending St Mary’s RC School until he left to become an apprentice painter and decorator with Georgie Bell who used to run a hardware shop on Whalley Road. He then went to work in Sabden’s cotton mills for many years and when they closed he became an upholsterer at Pendle Furniture. Up to his retirement he had worked as a gardener at the Whins – always living and working in Sabden.

He and his wife Margaret had been married for 20 years and lived in Whalley Road. He had an absolute wealth of knowledge about Sabden and its history and was always happy to share it and talk about the days when cotton was king in the village and every family had someone who worked in the mills, how he had enjoyed haymaking in summer on the local farms and the scrapes he and his friends got up to as young lads. He could recall everything about the mills, the industry and the people and could name and place every pub and shop there had ever been in Sabden – and there were numerous over the years.

In later years he turned his attention to photography becoming very accomplished and would turn up at numerous village social events with his camera. He loved to walk around the village with his pet Patterdale terrier Jenny Lou and loved to stop and chat and pass the time of day. He will be much missed.

He leaves his wife Margaret, children Jean and Ian, seven stepchildren, plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Requiem Mass will be said in St Mary’s RC Church on Tuesday at 1-30pm and will be followed by cremation at Accrington.