THE daughter of a once-prominent Burnley councillor has donated a Burnley Football Club share, first bought by her father in 1948.
Mrs Susan Daniels is the daughter of former Conservative Coun. Gordon Blackston who collapsed and died during a meeting in the main council chamber of Burnley Town Hall in 1965.
Mrs Daniels has donated the share to supporters’ group the Clarets Trust and recently attended a match at Turf Moor with Trust chairman and former Burnley MP Peter Pike.
Mr Pike said: “Gordon Blackston was a very popular councillor before he died tragically in the Council Chamber just a few months before he was due to become the Mayor of Burnley.
“In return for Mrs Daniels’ kind gesture it was agreed that she and her husband, Jeffrey, should be rewarded with a ticket for a Burnley home match. They chose the occasion wisely, opting for seats at the Leeds game. Charlie Austin’s late winner ensured that they had a memorable evening.
“Mrs Daniels then followed up her act of great generosity with another, donating to the Trust an autograph book with the signatures of many of the great stars of the early 60s. What a wonderful legacy this is of those glorious days.”
Mr Blackston’s brother Sidney represented the former St Andrew’s ward following his death. The brothers were the sons of a Jewish immigrant to Burnley, Mr Solomon Blackston, who came to town at the turn of the last century to escape anti-Semitism in Romania. He set up a successful tailoring business in Colne Road, which closed in 1979.
Mr Pike added: “I knew Gordon Blackston in the 1960s when I was a party organiser. Susan clearly had been a very keen Clarets fan. The Trust will continue to buy shares from the club as it boosts club revenue, but we will also buy private shares at bargain prices or in exchange for Trust life membership, for example.
“There may be many Burnley fans who own just a single share. Should fans be in this position and would like to maximise their contribution to the club’s growth, they may wish to consider emulating Mrs Daniels’ kind example and donating their share to the Trust.”
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