Former council recreation officer dies, aged 85

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A former recreation officer at Calderdale Council has died aged 85.

Barbara Pickles died peacefully at Calderdale Royal Infirmary on Feburary 7.

She had worked for Calderdale Council for about 25 years, working as a recreation officer for leisure services until she retired in 1992.

In her role, Mrs Pickles was involved in the organisation of numerous events, including the official opening of Halifax Piece Hall in 1976, when 18,000 people visited for 15 hours of non-stop entertainment.

She also organised the centenary celebrations of Wainhouse Tower and the filming of the BBC programme It’s A Knockout at Wellesley Park, Halifax.

Sh was also heavily involved in the Youth Hostel Association and Cyclist Touring Club.

Mrs Pickles loved travelling and in 35 years she travelled to about 50 countries. She wa also a keen photographer and enjoyed the outdoors, history, wildlife, entering competitions - even winning a car at one time - and reading.

She lived at Mixenden Stones for 57 years and due to mobility problems had spent the last 10 months of her life at Laurel Bank Nursing Home.

She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends

Mrs Pickles was married to the late Roy Pickles and had two children, Richard and Gillian.

She was mother-in-law to Caroline and Paul, grandmother to John, Jill and Chris and great grandmother to Thomas.

Her funeral will take place at Park Wood Crematorium on February 21 at 11.15am.