Tributes to for­mer post­mistress Anne

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●● Anne Ni­cholls (above), was post­mistress in Ris­ing Bridge. Fam­ily tributes have been paid by her daugh­ter De­bra Gar­diner (above right) CHRIS GEE

TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘car­ing and hard work­ing’ post­mistress and newsagent who served a vil­lage com­mu­nity for decades.

Anne Ni­cholls, 76, ran Ris­ing Bridge Post Of­fice on Black­burn Road from 1974 un­til 1997.

She died on Sunday, June 3 at Royal Black­burn Hos­pi­tal af­ter bat­tling de­men­tia and lung dis­ease.

Anne, who was born in Old­ham, moved to Ris­ing Bridge with her hus­band Stephen in 1974, where they ran the lo­cal post of­fice, which was also a newsagents, to­gether un­til their re­tire­ment.

Mr Ni­cholls, who sur­vives his wife, be­came blind in the early 1990s, but con­tin­ued to help at the shop, with his wife’s guid­ance.

Anne leaves son Si­mon Ni­cholls and daugh­ter De­bra Gar­diner, along with grand­chil­dren Olivia, Finlay and Ciaran, daugh­ter-in-law Joanne and son-in-law Roy. She was also sis­ter to Peter.

De­bra, 50, paid trib­ute to her mum, who she de­scribed as a de­voted fam­ily woman.

She said: “Mum was such a hard work­ing and car­ing per­son and got to know hun­dreds of peo­ple dur­ing her time at the shop.

“She’d be up at 5am to do the pa­pers and if one of the pa­per lads or girls didn’t turn up she’d go out and de­liver them.

“She man­aged to care for dad so well that he was able to work be­hind the counter some­times de­spite be­ing blind.

“She loved to chat and could keep a se­cret.

“I think work­ing there was en­joy­able for her.

“Above all, mum was de­voted to her fam­ily and in later life she loved spend­ing time with her grand­chil­dren.”

Anne threw her­self into vol­un­teer work with equal vigour and be­came a Brown Owl leader for Ris­ing Bridge Brown­ies for sev­eral years.

A keen cho­ris­ter she sang in St John’s Stone­fold Church choir ev­ery Sunday prior to its clo­sure.

Dur­ing her re­tire­ment Anne was also an ac­tive mem­ber of the Friends of Ris­ing Bridge, un­til she be­came ill.

Anne’s fu­neral ser­vice took place on Wednesday, June 13 at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, of­fi­ci­ated by Fa­ther David Stephen­son.

SEE obit­u­ary on p16. ●● Amanda Hince (right) with Ge­orgina Bar­ber, area man­ager at Boots

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