Trib­utes af­ter sud­den death of ex-land­lord

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TRIB­UTES have been paid to a much-loved for­mer Ac­cring­ton pub land­lord who has died sud­denly, aged 71.

Barry Allen ran the town’s Kings Arms be­fore tak­ing over at the Arden Inn in the mid-1990s with his fu­ture wife Mar­ion, who he mar­ried in 2000.

He also worked as a care­taker at both Ac­cring­ton & Rossendale Col­lege and Moorhead High, and lat­terly as a Black­burn Rovers FC ste­ward.

Mar­ion, 67, said Barry passed away un­ex­pect­edly at their home, on St Ledger Court, Ac­cring­ton, on April 5. He had been un­der­go­ing ra­dio­ther­apy for lung can­cer but Mar­ion said he had been given the all-clear last De­cem­ber, and the cause of death is not yet known.

She said: “I just found him dead on the bath­room floor. The coro­ners of­fice just said they can­not find the cause and they won’t know for about six to eight weeks.

“I’m still in shock, some­times it doesn’t seem real. We’ve had plenty of cards and mes­sages. It hap­pened at two o’clock and by five o’clock I had about five cards and two bou­quets of flow­ers.”

Known for his sense of hu­mour and ‘re­cy­cled’ jokes, Barry was a keen pool, domi­noes and darts player. Af­ter he and Mar­ion left the Arden Inn in 2004, he con­tin­ued to or­gan­ise the Hyn­d­burn In­de­pen­dent Pool League.

Fel­low darts player Mar­ion said he would do all the pool fix­tures for all the leagues and at one time there were 40-50 teams par­tic­i­pat­ing, with plenty of ac­com­pa­ny­ing pa­per­work.

A Rovers fan, Barry be­gan stew­ard­ing for the club fol­low­ing re­tire­ment and his du­ties later pro­gressed to be­ing the doc­tor’s es­cort, which in­volved tak­ing the doc­tor to any ca­su­al­ties in the crowd via the quick­est pos­si­ble route.

Mar­ion, who also works for Rovers on the bet­ting desk, said: “He knew the in­side of the sta­dium and would take them on short­cuts to the per­son.

“There are quite a few heart at­tacks.”

Barry was a reg­u­lar with the Hash House Har­ri­ers, an in­ter­na­tional tra­di­tion of non-competitive so­cial run­ning clubs, with one based at the Arden.

Mar­ion said: “They had beer stops and came back to the pub af­ter­wards.

“It was pop­u­lar with peo­ple with stressful jobs.

“They used to dress up and if there were any ‘mis­de­meanours’ they used to have to down a pint. They would go all over and we would get in­vited to dif­fer­ent ones, he’s been to Scot­land and all over.”

Barry Allen ran the Kings Arms in Ac­cring­ton and the Ar­den Inn. He also worked at Ac­cring­ton and Rossendale Col­lege and Moor­head High

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