Authors and book lovers have today paid tribute to a “genuinely caring and wonderful” shop worker who lost her life in a tragic “freak accident”.
Margaret Sheridan was killed outside Waterstones bookshop, on Bank Hey Street in Blackpool, where she had worked for six years, when the shop’s signage fell on her as she closed up the shop on Monday night.
The 68-year-old mother has been described as “always friendly, helpful and courteous” by the customers and authors she worked for and with at the bookshop.
John Woodman, of Rigby Road Publishing, said: “As author and publisher of several titles on Blackpool’s transport history I dealt with Margaret Sheridan on a frequent basis.
“Always friendly, helpful and courteous she had special responsibility for dealing with local authors and ensuring their books were given the most advantageous display.
“She was truly a genuinely caring and wonderful woman. A great loss.”
Mr Woodman and Blackpool-based author Steve Palmer have left a lasting tribute to Mrs Sheridan online, praising her work to support the writing of local authors.
It reads: “It is a result of her work that Waterstones always had current titles from our respective efforts on view and on sale in their Blackpool store.
“We mourn the loss of a special person who was a delight to meet and deal with, not just on the commercial aspects of our discussions, but in the wider framework of a genuinely nice person.
“She will be missed by the many customers of Waterstones in Blackpool.”
A joint investigation into the incident, led by Lancashire Police and Blackpool Council, is continuing.
Yesterday scaffolding was erected outside the shop premises.