Former mayor Joan dies after car crash

CHARITY LUNCH: Hilda McGhee, Pat Bennett, Helen Ashworth and Joan Knight. T100908/4g
CHARITY LUNCH: Hilda McGhee, Pat Bennett, Helen Ashworth and Joan Knight. T100908/4g

A dedicated and hard-working former Mayor of Clitheroe, Mrs Joan Knight, has died in hospital 10 days after her car crashed in the town centre.

Mrs Knight (71) of Brotherton Meadow, Clitheroe, was driving in King Lane at 12.45 pm on Friday May 3rd, when for an unknown reason she lost control of the vehicle.

She collided with some bollards, and her car hit a pedestrian and two other vehicles.

Mrs Knight, a widow and mother of three daughters, was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital, where she died early on Sunday.

Tributes were paid this week to Mrs Knight, a lifelong Clitheroe resident who had been involved in many aspects of life in the town.

She had worked as a secretary at Bowker Brothers and at Eric Dugdale builders’ merchants, and as a volunteer she was a secretary of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade, an honorary member of Pendle Ski Club and former vice-president of the English Ski Council, a long-time member of the Trinity Methodist Church pantomime group, and tireless supporter of Pendle Club for over-60s. She was also a keen needleworker.

She served two terms as Clitheroe Town Mayor, from 2003 to 2005.

Clitheroe Town Council stood and held a minute’s silence at Monday’s meeting.

Mrs Knight and former councillor Mary Robinson had served as deputy to each other when they were Mayor. Mrs Robinson said: “Joan was a very dedicated and hard working councillor. She didn’t suffer fools gladly and didn’t pull her punches – she was a real Lancashire lass.

“What I’ll remember most about Joan was all the laughs we had. She had a wonderful sense of humour.”

Daughter Lindsey added: “We all knew and loved mum as a fun-loving person, and this week we’ve had so many people come and tell us they loved her too.”

Mrs Knight, whose husband Alan died 35 years ago, leaves daughters Lindsey, Susan and Kathy and six grandchildren.

Cremation will be at Accrington next Thursday at 12.20pm, and her family have requested donations for the North West Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Support.

A post-mortem examination was held on Tuesday this week to find what caused Mrs Knight’s death, and police are appealing for witnesses of the accident involving her Peugeot 107.

The pedestrian who was hit, a 46-year-old local man, was taken to hospital with a broken foot and was released later that day.

Sergeant Finn Quainton, from the Road Policing Unit, said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed what happened to come forward and contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Road Policing Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at