Tribute to ‘incredible’ ex-journalist Barbara
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