Tribute to ‘heart and soul’ of Lowerhouse Mills Social Club

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FRIENDS and neighbours will pay tribute tonight to a woman who kept their social club going through its darkest times.

Vivacious Edith Berry was the heart and soul of Lowerhouse Mills Social Club for more than 40 years, serving as treasurer, secretary and active committee member.

Her many friends were saddened to learn she had been diagnosed with lung cancer, and her sudden death weeks later left them stunned.

Mrs Berry, who was 77, went to the club with her husband, Brian. They have two daughters, Julie and Lyn, and three grandchildren. Before she retired Mrs Berry worked for many years at Southern’s Solicitors.

Two of the club’s members, Jackie Bailey and Debbie Hughes, have now taken on Mrs Berry’s roles.

Said Mrs Bailey: “She was a very tenacious lady and dedicated so much time and effort. Without her the club would not have survived.”

As a way of saying thank you and by way of tribute a plaque in her memory will be erected in the club by her friends.

Said Mrs Hughes: “Edith knew absolutely everything about running the club. We all miss her so much and wanted to do something for her. Brian said he thought Edith’s wish would be for any donations in her memory to go to running the club, rather than buying something like a bench, so that is what is happening.

“We’ll all remember Edith at the tribute night. There will be music from Big Gary and we’ve also asked some other special guests to come along. It is not to make money, just to remember Edith. She would have loved it.”