Support the Fix Our Flags campaign call from injured pensioner

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A pensioner, who suffered two black eyes and severe bruising after she fell in the street in Clitheroe, is calling on residents to support the Advertiser backed campaign for the urgent repair of the town’s flagstones.

The 73-year-old lady from Billington was on a shopping trip when she fell facedown after tripping near the Nat West Bank in York Street.

The lady, who asked not to be named, told the Advertiser: “I went face forward with a real bang without any warning at all.

“My face is a real mess and I look like I have been in a fight with Mike Tyson. I hurt my knee and back and it has really shaken me up very badly.’’

Staff at the nearby medical centre tended to the victim’s injuries and she is now recovering at home where she called for people to support the petition launched by the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Clitheroe Town Action Group calling for action to repair the town’s uneven pavements.

She said: “This is something that urgently needs attention before it happens again.’’

In July great grandmother Mrs Laura Quinton needed five stitches in her head after she fell in King Street while on her way to book a holiday at Altham’s Travel Agents. Mrs Quinton (82) of Hazel Grove, Clitheroe, was also treated at the medical centre after suffering bruising to her ribs and leg.

At the moment the Fix Our Flags petition has 4,000 signatures on it and only 1,000 more are needed before it can be presented to Ribble Valley Borough Council and Lancashire County Council.

Coun. Ged Mirfin, who is chairman of Clitheroe Town Action Group, said: “I would urge people who have not signed the petition already to do so then we can move this forward.’’

Campaigners want Lancashire County Council to urgently undertake a survey of the town centre flagstones and start a major repair programme. Petitions are dotted at shops and businesses around the town and you can also make your views known online at or like the Facebook page which has the same name.