Tributes to Clitheroe stalwart and council electrician Syd Chamley

The words "kind, generous and devoted" have been used to describe Syd Chamley, the man behind Clitheroe Castle’s Rock at the Castle concerts and the Clitheroe Torchlight Procession, who has died aged 67.

Syd Chamley and Pip
Syd Chamley and Pip

Syd joined Ribble Valley Borough Council in 1998 as the council’s electrician until his retirement, following a debilitating stroke in 2014. He was involved in several key projects relating to Clitheroe Castle, including the community bonfire, the refurbishment of the museum, the ‘Rock at the Castle’ concerts and the lighting up of the Keep.

Syd was also one of the subjects of the Heroes exhibition in the castle’s Stewards Gallery; local people were asked to nominate Clitheroe’s unsung heroes and his was one of the portraits painted by late Hurst Green artist Ellen Riley.

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A keen music fan, Syd would help out with electrical support for both local and national touring bands, a passion which inspired the charity rock at the castle gigs.

Paying tribute, a spokesman for RVBC said: "A true people person, Syd was never happier then when he was helping others. Generous with both his electrical know how and his time, he was happy to help anyone. Latterly Syd had moved into a care home in Whalley with his dog Pip."