Bob Sharrock, a former mayor of Garstang and later Wyre, had a “secret” 90th birthday party arranged for him by his family.
The “few friends” he thought he might be meeting turned out to be a capacity crowd of people in the Garstang Arts Centre building.
There was a power point presentation covering many aspects of his 90 years and also, all the traditional party aspects of food, cakes, and a toast.
Although not born in Garstang, Bob hailed from Upholland, near Wigan where his father was a miner and started his career working as an errand boy for the Rainhill branch of the Wiston Co-operative Society earning 11 shillings per week, all of which was given tohis motrher except one!
Bob saw active service in the RAF from 1943 and flew 28 operational flights and on returning went into the gas industry in 1947, rising to the position of technical industrial sales engineer with the North West Gas Board.
Bob’s career brought him and his wife Dorothy to Garstang in 1982 and after settling in the town, both took their part in church life and the community, Dorothy joining the WI and Bob becoming a councillor.
The couple also continued their their love of walking and hiking in the Lakes and undertook numerous civic duties; for in 1988 Bob was made mayor of Garstang and ten years later became mayor of Wyre.
After Dorothy’s death Bob moved into Abbeyfield House, Garstang in 2011 and still takes an active part in many town events. On his motorised buggy he is so easily recognised.
The photo shows Bob and his four sons, Robert, John, Jeremy and David raising a 90th birthday glass to their dad.
There is so much I have gleaned from these four about Bob’s life, his career, and his two mayoral years, that another major item and article may emanate from the pen of his former mayor’s chaplain on some occasion.