Tributes to couple who died two weeks apart

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A woman found dead in a Chorley canal lost her husband to cancer just two weeks before.

Marion Bateson, of Windermere Drive, Adlington, was devastated after her beloved husband Roy lost his battle with bowel cancer earlier this month.

She was found by a member of the public in a stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, near Harrison Road, in Adlington, on Wednesday.

Police confirmed her death was not suspicious.

Tributes have been paid to the friendly and popular couple, both in their 60s, who were keen walkers and members of a local bowling club, where Roy competed.

The couple, described by friends as ‘two peas in a pod’, leave behind a daughter, Louise, who does not live in the area.

Neil Taylor, owner of Rivington Bowling Club, said: “Roy was one of our members, and he was such a lovely bloke who I socialised with a lot.

“He had a great character and wanted to take the mick out of everyone. He was just one of those nice, genuine guys.

“Marion was up all the time with him, and would come up before he started bowling and have a shandy. She was a real part of the club, too.

“Marion was fit and healthy, and we would see her walking through Rivington at least every other day.

“They were so close. She just couldn’t be without him. It is such a devastating time all round for the family at the moment and our thoughts are with their daughter.”

Roy is understood to have fallen ill in December, before being diagnosed with bowel cancer at the start of this year.

Mr Taylor said: “Roy enjoyed the social side of the club and also played games at the club, like darts, in the winter.

“He was so supportive of us and the club when we bought it.

“He was still coming to the club up until December, but we didn’t see him over Christmas.”

Another friend, who did not wish to be named, said: “Marion and Roy were like two peas in a pod.

“When he died she was heartbroken. It is such a sad time.”

Police cordoned off a stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, near to Harrison Road in the town, at around 12.37pm on Wednesday afternoon, after the discovery.

A number of police were at the scene while they carried out enquiries, and were turning walkers away.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We got a call from a member of the public at 12.37pm to say there was a body in the water.

“A woman in her 60s was found in the canal near to Harrison Road in Adlington.

“Her death is not being treated as suspicious.”

One walker, who asked not to be named, said at the time: “I was just told to turn back from my walk on the canal by police who said there had been an incident.”

An inquest into Mrs Bateson’s death has been open and adjourned.