A former Mayoress of Todmorden, Mrs Norah Hollows passed away on December 30.
Mrs Hollows, who was 82, and her husband Stanley were the town’s civic heads in 1987-88 when Stanley, a long-standing councillor, became the town’s Mayor. The couple enjoyed a very busy civic year, an experience never to be forgotten, and a source of great pride.
Born in Warrington, Norah moved to Todmorden with her family when she was four and went to St Joseph’s School, Todmorden.
She left school at 14 and began a hairdressing apprenticeship which equipped her with the skills that were to last a lifetime - she did not retire as a hairdresser until she was in her late 70s.
Norah began work for Compton’s, in Halifax, and after the couple started their family she worked from home, Stanley building a house for the family which they moved into in 1964.
In recent years the couple celebrated their diamond wedding and her family was always central to Norah’s life, being a great source of enjoyment to her.
She was a keen member of the St Joseph’s Young Wives group and over the years she also contributed to the ongoing success of the St Joseph’s Players theatre group.
Family members were often in the spotlight on stage for their pantomime productions, Norah doing cast members’ make-up as part of the backstage team.
She leaves her husband, Stanley, children Michael, Susan, Jonathan and Liz, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.