Blackpool Coroner Anne Hind has bid a final farewell to the resort’s coroners office.
Mrs Hind, who has served as the town coroner for 10 years, has retired, and passes the office to the newly appointed Blackpool Coroner, Alan Wilson.
Mrs Hind said: “It has been the most enormous privilege and pleasure to have served the people of Blackpool over many years.
“I have been proud to have followed in the footsteps of the late Sammy Lee and the late John Budd.
“In common with them, I have worked in Blackpool all my life, both as a solicitor of the supreme court, deputy coroner and coroner.
“I know the town well and the problems it faces with a transient population, areas of poverty and the scourge of drugs.”
Mrs Hind said of all the deaths she had presided over, the helicopter that came down in Morecambe Bay in 2006 would stick in her memory.
“It was a very big case of multiple deaths,” she said.
“The people who perished were from all over the country.”
Mrs Hind said Blackpool was a unique town for a coroner because of its tourism status.
She said: “Very often people will come to Blackpool for a weekend and they will be enjoying themselves and maybe they will start taking drugs.
“Although they are not local people, if they die as a result of that drug taking we would deal with their drug taking because they died in Blackpool.”
Mrs Hind has commented recently in the rise of deaths caused by mesothelioma, related to work with asbestos.
She said: “This is not just local to Blackpool, it has a national impact and may well be have an international impact.
“The World Health Organisation says there is going to an absolute explosion in these cases in the next decade. Over the last two years we have seen an increase ourselves locally.”
As a coroner, Mrs Hind has dealt with people when they are at their most vulnerable.
“The sudden death of a loved one deeply affects all people, whatever their walk of life,” she said.
“I have been blessed to be in a situation to help them,
“The people of Blackpool are very close to my heart. They have shown me the utmost courtesy and respect and it has been my privilege to serve them.”