Tributes to mas­ter clog­ger

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STU­ART GREER stu­art.greer@men­ @stu­art­greer

TRIBUTES have been paid to a tal­ented clog­maker whose cus­tomers in­cluded roy­alty, a Prime Min­is­ter in wait­ing and a Hol­ly­wood star.

Jack Craw­shaw worked in the fam­ily busi­ness on Mil­lar Barn Lane, Water­foot, from a boy un­til his re­tire­ment.

He made clogs for dancers in­clud­ing the Bri­tan­nia Co­conut­ters and took or­ders as far afield as New Zealand.

One of his cus­tomers was the ac­tor Buddy Eb­sen, who starred as Jed Clam­pett in sit­com The Bev­erly Hill­bil­lies.

Jack was also asked to make a pair of clogs which were pre­sented to the Queen dur­ing her sil- ver ju­bilee visit to Pre­ston in 1977, and Tory leader Mar­garet Thatcher when she vis­ited the Val­ley that same year.

Jack died at home in Bacup on Septem­ber 28, aged 96. His wife of 54 years Ruth died in 2004.

Jack’s son John Craw­shaw paid trib­ute to a ‘gen­tle and gifted man’.

He said: “He was kind and help­ful to oth­ers. Even though he was a pri­vate man he was very well known for his clog­ging.

“He was a won­der­ful crafts­man. Clog danc­ing teams from all over the world or­dered from my dad.

“One of his proud­est mo­ments was when he was asked to make a pair of clogs which were pre­sented to the Queen. That was a great hon­our.”

Away from his day job Jack en­joyed hob­bies of wood­turn­ing and met­al­work.

In the Sec­ond World War he served first in the Water­foot Home Guard, then in the 8th Army in North Africa.

But his ex­pe­ri­ence of war as a ‘desert rat’ haunted him for the rest of his life.

John said: “Dad didn’t speak much of the war other than to say it was five years of his life he would never get back.

“He was se­ri­ously in­jured when the Ger­mans bombed a school in Tripoli.

“He lost 37 of his friends that day and spent three months in hos­pi­tal re­cov­er­ing.

“The fact he sur­vived is mirac­u­lous. But he suf­fered from night­mares from those ex­pe­ri­ences.

“De­spite it all, he knew what he did was his duty and he took part in the Re­mem­brance Day pa­rades in Bacup to hon­our his fallen friends.”

Jack was born in Newchurch, known in lo­cal di­alect as ‘Kirk’ and called him­self a ‘Kirker’.

He is be­lieved to have been one of the last re­main­ing speak­ers of the Rossendale di­alect.

His fu­neral ser­vice was due to be held on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 5, at Burn­ley Cre­ma­to­rium.

Clogs in Jack Craw­shaw’s shop win­dow on Mil­lar Barn Lane in Water­foot, pic­tured in 1976

Jack Craw­shaw worked in the fam­ily busi­ness in Water­foot from a boy un­til re­tire­ment

Ac­tor Buddy Eb­sen, pic­tured here in The Bev­erly Hill­bil­lies with Irene Ryan, was one of Jack Craw­shaw’s cus­tomers

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