Tribute to Ann Harradine

Tributes have been paid to a British Legion and community stalwart was laid to rest last week.

The funeral of Ann Harradine took place at St Oswald’s in Collingham last Wednesday.

Ann - who was born in Thirsk, grew up in Tockwith and Boston Spa and worked in a chemist and toy shop in Wetherby - joined the Collingham and Linton Branch Women’s branch of the British Legion in 1963 where she had been chairman until her death.

Friend Denise Pearson said: “Ann was always keen to say she was a member of the Women’s Section.

“Ann was a valued member of the Women’s Section and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

Ann became the Wetherby Group Chairman, represting seven other branches in the area when she became a member fo the West Yorkshire county Committee.

After retiring as standard bearer, she became vice chairman of the West Yorkshire County Committee, which has since amalgamated with South Yorkshire.

A merit award was presented to Ann and about five years ago she was presented with the Golden Award for her work in the Women’s Section.

Ann, who had lived in Collingham for more than 50 years after marrying husband Lewis who she met at a dance, also served on the committee of the Memorial Hall and the local branch of Cancer Research.

She was a church warden at St Oswald’s for 12 years until 2012 and was still serving on the PCC at the time of her death.

Vicar for St Oswald’s Rev Sylvia Earle said: “She had a particular role in welcoming everyone and especially those who came wanting to be married in the church.

“She also acted as verger at weddings, baptisms and funerals.

“Ann was the kindest person imaginable.

“She could sometimes be sharp if it was deserved but her heart was as big as a house.”

Ann, who was 76 when she died, leaves a daughter Mrs Lynda Kershaw and son-in-law Andrew of Garforth.