Former Burnley councillor spent her life spent helping others

Mrs Lynne Briggs

Mrs Lynne Briggs

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A former Burnley councillor who spent her life helping others has died aged 58 after a year of illness.

It was just over 12 months ago that Lynne Briggs was told surgeons had found terminal pancreatic cancer after she underwent an operation for a different condition.

She told her husband, Charlie, a long-serving Liberal Democrat councillor, she had drawn up a bucket list of wishes for her remaining time, but she was never well enough to carry it out.

She dreamed of seeing family in America and bathing in the sea with her cousins in Bournemouth, but it was not to be. Mrs Briggs died on Saturday evening.

She chose to stay at home in Lowerhouse Lane, refusing to go into a hospice, so she could be with her family.

Her daughter, Vicky, had nursed her since August after returning to Burnley from Holland.

Her sons, Peter, a RMP with the Army in Colchester, and Charles, who lives in Bacup, were also by her side.

Mrs Briggs represented Rosegrove for four years, taking up the role after seeing her husband’s council work.

She made a point of caring for and helping others all her working life; as an auxiliary nurse at Burnley General Hospital and Dove Court Nursing Home, and later as a funeral director in Rosegrove before going to work at Veka from where she had to retire because of her ill health.

Born and raised in Burnley, Mrs Briggs was educated at Todmorden Road Primary and Walshaw Secondary Modern Schools.

She married in 1975, at St Luke’s Church, Brierfield, and worked for a short time at the Railway Hotel, Brierfield, run at the time by Mr Briggs’s parents.

At home, she was affectionately known as “Dragon Lady” for because of her passion for collecting Enchantia model dragons. It was the name she also adopted for GPS treasure hunting, a hobby she and Mr Briggs “Claret One” took up in 2001.

She also loved to knit, and once spent months recreating a Bayeux tapestry pattern for a jumper.

Mrs Briggs’s funeral will take place at noon on Tuesday, at Burnley Crematorium.