Waddington pub landlord who was ‘local legend’ dies - tributes

TRUE GENTLEMAN: Eric Hargreaves who recently lost his 9 month battle with cancer. (s)
TRUE GENTLEMAN: Eric Hargreaves who recently lost his 9 month battle with cancer. (s)

A well-known landlord with a career spanning over 40 years and described as a “true gentleman” has died aged 63.

Waddington man Eric Hargreaves was proprietor of the Higher Buck in the village for 17 years before moving to the Royal Oak, Riley Green, near Hoghton, 15 years ago.

His wife, Trish, said how pubs were his passion: “Eric’s loves in life were pubs and people, which is why he was so successful in the trade and enjoyed a long and successful career. He was never more at home than when behind the bar and had a natural way of making people feel at ease.”

A full church meant more than 100 people listened to the service outside via loudspeaker at the funeral, at St Helen’s Church, Waddington, last Monday.

Much of Eric’s career was spent running Thwaites pubs. His love of Waddington came about after an early stint as manager of the Moorcock Inn at the age of 21, and when the tenancy of the Higher Buck became available later he jumped at the chance to make the village his home.

Andrew Buchanan, of the brewery said: “We’re all incredibly sad Eric has lost his battle with cancer and he will be missed by everyone. He was a fantastic local character and a great example of how a good landlord can light up a pub.”

A fitting end to the celebration of Eric’s life came in the form of a toast, proposed by his friends Alan Bailey and Andrew Warburton, and raised by his many friends and family at his favourite local, the Lower Buck, Waddington. He leaves his wife Trish and daughter Katie, son-in-law Mark and granddaughter Matilda.

Read more about this remarkable and much-loved landlord and family man in this week’s Clitheroe Advertiser & Times.