Ex-villages police sergeant mourned

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a popular former Clitheroe police sergeant, Terry Swift, has died at the age of 73.

His career with Lancashire Police began in Fleetwood and Cleveleys, after he completed his National Service in 1958.

After transferring to Clitheroe in 1963, Terry and his wife, Kathleen, made their home in the Ribble Valley, raising their two children, Chris and Jackie.

Terry became the Waddington village policeman in 1974 after the county boundary changed and the village became part of Lancashire.

He was promoted to sergeant and transferred to Barnoldswick for 18 months, before returning to Clitheroe where he became sergeant responsble for the rural police areas of Gisburn, Waddington, West Bradford, Newton and Chatburn. He stayed in this post until his retirement from the police in 1988.

A keen snooker player, Terry and his wife worked as wardens for the Caravan Club for 10 years after their retirement, running sites as far afield as Scotland and Northumberland.

The couple travelled extensively in their motor home, covering many miles in Scandinavia and Europe and also toured the UK in recent years.

The funeral service and cremation will take place tomorrow at Accrington Crematorium at 11 a.m.