Plumber spent half a century at same firm

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A man who spent half a century working for the same Clitheroe company has died at the age of 90.

Mr Bernard Blacklock became an apprentice at G D Porter plumbers in Woone Lane at the age of 16. And he remained at the company for his entire working life until his retirement at the age of 65.

He became a well known face in the town along with his late wife, Greta, who also worked for the same firm all her life, Sheldon’s Chemists in Moor Lane. She died 15 years ago. The couple lived in the same house in Salthill Road, Clitheroe for 63 years and had a son who died at the age of one. Mr Blacklock loved working in one of the Ribble Valley’s estate homes or farms. Mr Blacklock had lived at Beech Grove Care Home for the past two years where he amazed staff with his incredible memory of people and places from Clitheroe. Mr Blacklock’s funeral was held at St Michael and St John’s Church, Lowergate, Clitheroe. He leaves several relatives.