Burnley community champ dies after embankment fall: tributes

Paula Farrar (s)
Paula Farrar (s)

A Burnley community champion who campaigned tirelessly to improve the area in which she lived, has died after collapsing while out walking.

Mrs Paula Farrar (82) who was an active member and secretary of Rosehill Residents’ Group for many years, fell down a 15ft embankment near her house last Sunday.

It is believed she suffered a brain haemorrhage while out walking her dog with friends in a dog walking group she set up.

Mrs Farrar, of Rosehill Road, was rescued by firefighters but sadly died in hospital on Tuesday.

Glowing tributes have been paid to the community stalwart who spent much of her later life working for the people of Rosehill where she founded the residents’ association and set up community meetings at first in her living room and latterly at the local school.

Mrs Farrar held the position of secretary for 24 years.

She campaigned relentlessly for improvements on the Rosehill estate, especially around the area’s parks and green spaces including the Healy Heights woodland area, which she loved.

She was proud to have been part of the Land Army after the Second World War and later in life worked as a market trader, wool shop owner, taxi driver and even a mechanic.

Her niece Danae Bird described Mrs Farrar as kind, caring and generous.

Mrs Bird said: “She was always very caring and always wanted to help people. She wanted to make her area a better place for everyone.

“She loved people and she loved animals.

“She was always taking waifs and stray with four and with two legs.

“She will be greatly missed.”

Coun. Jeff Sumner said Mrs Farrar’s death had come as a shock to the whole community. Paying tribute he said: “It’s come as a great shock to hear of the death of Paula.

“She helped the community in lots of ways. Paula was very active in Rosehill always looking to improve the area, everyone knew her. Even though Paula was 82 years old you would often see her out walking her dog and chatting to people, other times she would go out litter picking to keep the area tidy or even sweeping glass off the roads and footpaths to stop anyone getting hurt.

“I worked closely with Paula on many projects over the last eight years. The latest project was the community garden that she wanted which is now under way but sadly she won’t be here to see the fruition of it.

“While the community bids farewell, we will all remember her for the time, effort and keenness that she put in for this area which will benefit the residents of Rosehill and visitors alike for years to come.”

Mrs Farrar’s funeral will take place at 2pm today at Burnley Crematorium.