Tributes to Preston jeweller with a 'heart of gold.'

Norman Oldfield, the jeweller with “a heart of gold,” has died at the age of 82.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 4:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 4:26 pm
Norman Oldfield in his jeweller's shop in Lune Street before he retired in December 2017

The owner of Hackler’s in Lune Street was the city centre’s longest-serving shopkeeper until he retired 15 months ago after 67 years in the business.

Florist Margaret Mason, who took over the title from her dear friend, said: “It’s so sad. Norman was such a genuine, caring person.

"It’s an old cliche, but he had a heart of gold, he really did.

Norman (left) when he became the first driver to use the new Broughton Bypass.

“We worked a couple of doors apart in Friargate for many years and he used to come in here, sit down with a cup of tea and we used to put the world to right.”

Norman trained as a jeweller with Whittles in the city and then moved to Hackler’s in Friargate, a business he eventually bought out.

He moved his shop to Lune Street, near to its junction with Fishergate, around 20 years ago and was well-known both publicly and within the business community.

Brian Beck, who runs European Fine Arts and Antiques in Cannon Street, said: “Norman was old school. He was such a well-known Preston character.”

Norman’s daughter Alison said: “He certainly was old school. Lots of people used to pop into the shop for a coffee. It was like a gentlemen’s club.”

Norman had a passion for classic cars. In October 2017 he was the first driver on the new Broughton Bypass at the wheel of his E-Type Jaguar.

Norman's funeral will be at St George the Martyr Church, off Lune Street, on March 28 at 11.30am, followed by a private family service at Preston Crematorium.