Tributes for well known Padiham chiropodist, sportsman and musician Peter

Chiropodist Peter Whittaker, who has died at the age of 55.
Chiropodist Peter Whittaker, who has died at the age of 55.
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The brother of a chiropodist, who died at the age of 55, has paid tribute to him as a "sociable, caring and popular" person.

The death of Peter Whittaker left the community of Padiham, where he had lived all his life, in shock.

With a career spanning 34 years in podiatry, Peter, who was known affectionately to many of his colleagues and patients as "Pete the Feet" was a keen sportsman and musician who also loved art, literature and sport.

His love of music began when he sang with the choir at St Leonard's Church in Padiham where he was once chosen to sing the Once in Royal David's City at Midnight Mass.

As a teenager Peter formed a band called Does the Naked Ape and his signature was a top hat he always wore at gigs.

When the band split up Peter began singing karaoke and won several competitions.

David said: "One of the competitions was to raise money for a cancer survivor and the prize was £200.

"Peter won it and immediately donated the prize money back."

A former pupil of St James C of E Primary in Altham and St Wilfrid's High School in Blackburn, Peter studied at the former Northern College of Chiropody in Salford and graduated from there in 1984 with a diploma in podiatric medicine.

He joined the former Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Health Authority and worked at Burnley General Hospital and several clinics throughout the area where he gained a legion of doting patients, many of them elderly women.

David said: "He took early retirement but then regretted it because he missed his work and his patients very much."

A keen tennis player in his early 20s, Peter and David both played with Burnley Tennis Club.

Peter also loved golf and was a member of Clitheroe and Whalley golf clubs, where he entered several competitions.

Peter was also a proficient skier and cyclist. He had taken part in several charity bike rides, the most recent one being a 100 mile ride round Manchester. He also enjoyed taking regular skiing trips to Europe with several friends.

David said: "These were among the happiest times for Peter."

Donations are being being accepted in Peter's memory for the charity MIND and The Christie Hospital, Manchester.