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FOR­MER May­oress of Rossendale, Dorothy Atkin­son, has passed away peace­fully, aged 85 after a short ill­ness.

Mrs Atkin­son was born in Sowerby Bridge in York­shire where she met and mar­ried her hus­band of 65 years, Ge­of­frey.

After mov­ing around the coun­try for Ge­of­frey’s work, they even­tu­ally set­tled in Rossendale in the 1970s, where they opened a corner shop in Hasling­den.

The shop, which sold most things, was fa­mous for its food cooked by Mrs Atkin­son, with ba­con butties be­ing a firm favourite.

The busi­ness closed in 1993 when Mrs Atkin­son’s hus­band be­came Mayor of Rossendale.

Dur­ing their term of of­fice they both ful­filled a large num­ber of en­gage­ments as Rossendale’s first cit­i­zens.

In her re­tire­ment, she was heav­ily in­volved with a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Hasling­den Ox­fam shop, Falls Pre­ven­tion, Friends of Rossendale Mu­seum, Friends of Bo­cholt, Rossendale Rus­sian As­so­ci­a­tion ( for which she played host­ess to a large num­ber of Rus­sian visi­tors to Rossendale) and The RAFT Foun­da­tion.

She was also a coun­cil­lor for Rossendale Bor­ough Coun­cil and Chair of Gover­nors at Hill­side Nurs­ery. She leaves her hus­band Ge­of­frey, daugh­ter Chris­tine, son Phillip and his wife Joan, four grand­chil­dren, four great- grand­chil­dren and son- in- law, David.

She was also mum to the late Julie and mother- in- law of the late Alan.

Mrs Atkin­son’s fu­neral ser­vice will be held on Mon­day, Novem­ber 13, at 2.20pm at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium and 3pm at St James’ Church, Hasling­den. Fam­ily flow­ers only. Any do­na­tions to ‘ The RAFT Foun­da­tion’ grate­fully re­ceived.

All en­quiries to John­son, Durn­ing and Woods Fu­neral Ser­vices.

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