THE widow of a wartime hero who was a champion for her community has died.
Ethel Sanderson, a former vice-chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust, died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on April 16, aged 88.
Her late husband Eric was a former airman who was shot down over Germany in 1944 and taken prisoner.
In an interesting twist of fate, he later went on to befriend the German pilot who attacked his plane.
Mrs Sanderson, a former pupil of Revoe School and Palatine School, married Eric in Blackpool in 1948
After the war the couple relocated to Norfolk where they ran several pubs before returning to Blackpool in 1971 and living on Queens Promenade in Bispham for many years.
Mrs Sanderson was an active member of the Conservative Party, and was also involved with the Keep Blackpool Tidy campaign.
She leaves two sisters – Jean Froggatt and Margaret Bryant.
Mrs Froggatt told The Gazette her sister always wanted to improve her area.
She added: “Ethel was very involved in the community of Blackpool.
“She will be missed very much.”
Mrs Sanderson’s funeral was held on Thursday at All Hallows Church in Bispham, followed by her burial at Carleton Crematorium.