Clarets scarf went west three decades ago

Linda Flynn of Oregon poses with the Burnley scarf
Linda Flynn of Oregon poses with the Burnley scarf

A Burnley Football Club scarf has emerged on the west coast of the USA – 34 years after it was pinched from a pub.

Linda Flynn, who lives in Scappoose, Oregon, contacted the Burnley Express after discovering the Clarets scarf while moving house.

Karen wanted to be in England for Charles and Diana’s wedding celebration. Evidently she celebrated too much!

Linda Flynn, Oregon

Her teenage daughter Karen took the scarf in 1981 while she was holidaying in England after graduating from high school in California.

Linda said: “Karen wanted to be in England for Charles and Diana’s wedding celebration. Evidently she celebrated too much! She’s a bit embarrassed she took it now.

“My grandmother Sarah Ann Blakey was born in Burnley in 1880 and I guess my daughter thought I would like to have something with the town name on it. She emigrated to America with her parents in 1882.

“I put the scarf away and only found it again a few weeks ago. I am the family genealogist so Karen often heard about Burnley. I was thrilled she was going to be staying nearby.

“She can’t remember the name of the pub but I would love to send it back.

“I have sent messages to pubs, clubs and used a Lancashire Genealogy Facebook page asking for help, but all to no avail.

“If a sports pub that displays memorabilia would like to have it I would be happy to send it on.”