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Leyland treasure who ran clothes shop dies at age 102

Amy Dugdale attended the opening of the Farington Mill Gardens with friends Barbara and Lisa Gardner in 2012

Amy Dugdale attended the opening of the Farington Mill Gardens with friends Barbara and Lisa Gardner in 2012

One of Leyland’s oldest treasures has died at the grand age of 102.

Amy Dugdale spent 40 years running a ladies clothing and wool shop on Stanifield Lane in Farington, retiring when she was 74.

She then volunteered at Wymott prison until the age of 93.

She was born in October 1911 and attended Balshaw’s school, spending all of her life in Leyland.

Farington historian Joan Langford credits Amy for getting her interested in the history of the village.

“Amy had a lot of stories to tell,” she said. “She was famous for her window dressings at the shop, she would change them every week.

“It was a ladies outfitters shop but she also sold wool, and she kept sweets under the counter which she would give to her favourite customers.

“She was a real character.

“The shop is now the Delta Wool Shop, but people still refer to it as being Amy Dugdale’s shop.”

People have been paying their respects to Mrs Dugdale, nee Morris, on the Leyland Memories Facebook page, many describing her as being a big part of their childhoods.

Jean Hutchinson wrote: “Mrs Dugdale used to come into the library when I worked there.

“She was a really lovely lady, always liked to have a chat and a laugh.

“I’m sure her family will miss her greatly.”

Catherine French added: “Used to go in Amy’s shop every Saturday with my mum as a child.

“She was always so lovely.”

Anne Plastow said: “Amy was a member of our church ladies group until about three years ago.

“She used to tell some fascinating stories about her early life. An amazing lady.”

 

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