Burnley chip shop owner dies

Doreen Horne
Doreen Horne

A Burnley woman who just four months ago was celebrating her 65th wedding anniversary has died.

Mrs Doreen Horne (83) collapsed at her home in Netherby Street on Saturday, October 5th.

She was a popular face in the Coal Clough area, having run Harold Street chippy for 20 years.

Her devastated husband, Arthur, could not fight back the tears as he spoke with great pride about the love of his life.

“We were so happy together,” said 86-year-old Arthur, who has proudly displayed the card Her Majesty The Queen sent the couple to commemorate their blue sapphire wedding in June. “She was such a friendly person and everybody liked her.

“There hadn’t been anything wrong with her. We finished watching ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, she went to go to the kitchen and she just collapsed.”

Doreen was born and bred in Burnley and after going to Coal Clough Secondary School worked at Parkinson’s Pills, Sutcliffe Races in Elizabeth Street and at Stephen Cann’s in the town.

She met Arthur after he got a friend to ask her out for him. The couple’s first date was to the Odeon followed by numerous Saturday night dances at the Mechanics Institute.

They married in 1948.

One morning in 1966 Arthur returned home from working at Bank Hall Pit to Doreen telling him: “You’re not going back there, I’m going to buy a chippy.”

They ran Harold Street chippy until their retirement in 1989.

“She loved it there,” remembered Arthur. “On a Friday night there would be people queuing up round the block and knocking on the windows for us to open. People used to travel from far afield to come to our chippy.”

The couple had a caravan in Cleveleys and went there every weekend. They also enjoyed many family holidays to Guernsey as well as three cruises including one to the Caribbean.

A keen bowler, Doreen played regularly at Scott Park, where Arthur still plays now, until she suffered a stroke six years ago. She remained president of the club until her death.

She leaves behind Arthur, her daughters Carol and Janet, grandsons Adam, Anthony and Chris and great-grandson Callum.