Burnley registrar Lesley dies (44)

Lesley Thomson and her husband Gary (S)
Lesley Thomson and her husband Gary (S)

tributes have been paid to a woman whose work touched thousands of people in Burnley at the happiest and saddest times of their lives.

Registrar Lesley Thomson died in hospital on Wednesday. She was 44 and should have been celebrating her fourth wedding anniversary today.

Mrs Thomson had a zest for life and loved being with her children, Holly (14) and Dan (6). In her spare time there was nothing she liked more that being in the countryside with horses.

“She was a brilliant mum,” said her husband, Gary. “We were together for eight years, and I loved her so much.”

Mrs Thomson, who lived in Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, began being unwell in late June. Her health had deteriorated quickly in recent days and she was admitted for care at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

She was born in Poole, Dorset, and grew up in St Matthew Street, Burnley. Her early school days were at Holy Trinity CE Primary School and she then went on to attend Walshaw Girls’ High School.

After working in firms around the area she found her niche at the Register Office, at first working part-time and soon becoming a friendly familiar face. She took on a full-time role 10 years ago.

Funeral director Stephen Alderson said: “Lesley was a fine, lovely girl who touched the hearts of many people.”

Mrs Thomson leaves her husband, children, parents and her former husband, Paul Richards.

A service celebrating Mrs Thomson’s life will be held on Friday, November 2nd, at Burnley Crematorium.

Her family has asked for donations in her memory to go Pendleside Hospice, in lieu of flowers.