VIP guest shares fond memories of life at historic hall

Lord Shuttleworth made a return to Padiham to speak about his early childhood living in Padiham's Gawthorpe Hall.
Lord Shuttleworth made a return to Padiham to speak about his early childhood living in Padiham's Gawthorpe Hall.

A VIP guest was welcomed to the latest meeting of the Friends of Gawthorpe Hall group in Padiham.

Memories of Gawthorpe and hopes for its future was the theme of talk given by Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire.

And he is something of an authority on the subject as he spent the first five years of his life living there.

He spoke about his early childhood and fond memories he has of his nanny, the gardeners and estate workers.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth and an exhibition at Gawthorpe, which runs until this Sunday, tells the story of her life including her art and textile collection and her work to improve social welfare.

The Friends' group is involved with the famous textile collection and work towards helping to restore and preserve it for future generations.

Regular fundraising takes place to help towards the cost if brochures, displays and signs at the hall.

The next fundraising event is a Victorian themed Christmas which takes place at the hall on Saturday, December 2nd, from noon to 4pm.

There will be a variety of stalls selling handmade crafts, old items of needlework and an assortment of seasonal gifts and decorations

New members are always welcome and for more information go to www.friendsofgathorpe.blogspot.co.uk