Popular club and pub ‘mine host’ Harry dies

Harry Chadwick
Harry Chadwick

A popular convivial former licensee with a tradition of giving away free pints has died aged 88.

Harry Chadwick and his wife of nearly 70 years, Irene, ran The Queen pub in Cliviger for eight years. As a new landlord, friendly Harry introduced himself to two Sunday regulars and bought them a pint.

They thought it was a weekly treat, but he never contradicted them and passed on the tradition to his successor.

When Mr and Mrs Chadwick decided they wanted to retire they left The Queen and moved back to Burnley, setting up home in Cog Lane, but they were soon in demand and spent the following year as relief licensees at pubs and clubs in the area.

They were then asked to take over the stewardship of the Miners’ Club, in Plumbe Street, Burnley, and had another eight years behind the bar.

When Mr Chadwick retired from the Miners in 1992 he was showered with gifts, including a statue depicting bricks being drawn from a kiln, in recognition of his 29 years at Deerplay Brickworks.

As a young man he was called up for National Service, serving with the East Lancashire Regiment in Ireland and Germany. Before his call-up he enjoyed doing part-time bar work at the Dale Street Club, so on his return he worked weekends at the Towneley Arms after a week at the brickworks.

Always a family man, in retirement he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren as well as going out for lunch and meeting up with friends for a drink in the Big Window. His son, Gary, said his dad’s life was a “perfect template” for a good life.

Mr Chadwick’s funeral takes place today at 1-40 at Burnley Crematorium.

He leaves his wife and four children, Gail, Glenis, Gary and Graham.