A well-known and much-loved former licensee has lost her battle against dementia.
Adlington-born Mavis Pauline Dickinson, who will be remembered by many in the area, ran a number of hostelries in Lancashire, along with her husband Bob, over the last four decades.
Together they converted the former Christ Church, on the A6 in Adlington, in the mid-1980s. They named the business The Knights Castle, giving it a medieval theme.
It is now Sharjus Indian restaurant.
They also converted an old barn on Haslingden Old Road in the 1970s and turned it into what was then recognised as the area’s most thriving restaurant, Ye Olde Brown Cow at Oswaldtwistle.
The couple also owned Old Rosins Inn in Darwen, in the 1980s, the Spinners Arms in Darwen in the 1990s and the Lamb Inn at Newchurch-in-Pendle.
Pauline, nee Snape, started her working life in Adlington for the local Co-op, but in the late 1960s, with Bob, who originated from Manchester, bought their first free house, the Royal Hotel at Waterfoot.
Her son Stuart McGlynn, 49, who lives in Whittle-le-Woods, said: “She was in charge of the office girls at the Co-op in Adlington where she started work in the 1950s.
“She used to attend all the dances at St Paul’s Church in Adlington.”
Pauline, who was 84, died after a long illness in Blackburn Royal Hospital in the early hours of Sunday, October 20.
Describing his mother, Stuart said: “She was an astute businesswoman. She was very genuine though. She called a spade a spade.
“She was very fair. She was well known, certainly. She will be sadly missed by many.”
He added that his mother enjoyed holidays and visited many countries and went on many cruises. She particularly liked southern Spain.
Pauline had lived in Blackburn, up to her death, with Bob, 80, who survives her. She has three brothers still living in the Adlington and Horwich areas.
The family says it would like to hear from anyone who remembers them as the funeral is arranged at St Paul’s Church, Adlington, on Monday, October 27, at 2pm. They can be contacted on 07778 006346.