Trib­ute to ‘in­cred­i­ble’ ex-jour­nal­ist Bar­bara

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TRIB­UTES have been paid to a for­mer news editor of the Formby Times who has died aged 93.

The fam­ily of Bar­bara Tay­lor paid trib­ute to the “in­cred­i­ble” woman who en­joyed a busy ca­reer in news­pa­pers and an equally busy re­tire­ment.

Bar­bara, who had two daugh­ters, five grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren, died last month af­ter liv­ing in Hal­cyon House Abbey­field in her home town of Formby for a short time, where she had been ad­mis­sions sec­re­tary for many years.

Bar­bara worked at the Crosby Her­ald from 194252 and then went free­lance in the 1960s af­ter hav­ing her daugh­ters.

From 1964-72 she was the only woman for the Rate Pay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in Formby who fought and won three elec­tions against the Con­ser­va­tives and Labour.

She was also a gover­nor at Ch­ester­field High School in the 1970s and was a news editor at the Formby Times from 1972 un­til her re­tire­ment in the 1980s.

She was also an oc­ca­sional con­trib­u­tor to the Liver­pool ECHO and Daily Post. Bar­bara at­tended St Michael’s Church in Great Alt­car and be­came sec­re­tary for PCC from 19942014.

Away from her work in news­pa­pers, Bar­bara gave talks to women’s groups. She also loved to travel abroad with her hus­band, Don and as a 15-year-old dur­ing WWII, she cy­cled for sev­eral hours to visit her grand­mother in Shrop­shire.

She liked gar­den­ing and was a seam­stress and made all of the clothes for her daugh­ters, Chris­tine and Jayne, through­out their child­hood.

Jayne fondly re­mem­bered that this in­cluded a knit­ted swim­suit.

Bar­bara also kept a large num­ber of scrap­books of quirky news­pa­per cut­tings as well as a col­lec­tion of all her di­aries, which her fam­ily plans to do­nate to a mu­seum in Lon­don.

Jayne said: “She was an in­cred­i­ble woman, the things she did in her life. To be a jour­nal­ist in that age, there weren’t many other women in the field.

“She was a great seam­stress, nee­dle woman and knit­ter, she read The Daily Tele­graph and did The Daily Tele­graph crossword daily.

“She was a great cook and went through con­ti­nen­tal cook­ery lessons at night school in the ’60s. For years, the seven ladies from the course met every Thurs­day evening and in re­cent years for lunch.”

“Mum would say you weren’t al­lowed to say you were bored, as there was no such word.”

Bar­bara had al­ways wanted to go in a he­li­copter and did so for her 80th birth­day and loved it.

She was de­scribed by her fam­ily as “a woman ahead of her time”.

Bar­bara Tay­lor, far right, and, right, at her 80th birth­day party

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