Much loved character will be sadly missed

Jean Friar of Thornton, who worked with her commercial photographer husband Barry Friar in photographing local dance and theatre groups.
Jean Friar of Thornton, who worked with her commercial photographer husband Barry Friar in photographing local dance and theatre groups.
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YOUNG dancers on the Fylde coast are mourning the death of a woman who helped to capture their achievements in photographs.

YOUNG dancers on the Fylde coast are mourning the death of a woman who helped to capture their achievements in photographs.

Jean Friar, of Briar Road, Thornton, worked with her commercial photographer husband Barry taking pictures of youngsters when they appeared in shows organised by local dance and theatre schools.

They also photographed the work of amateur theatrical groups such as the Teresian Players.

One dance teacher who knew Jean well was Barbara Jackson of Cleveleys who said: “Jean had a natural gift for working with children. On a photographic session she made them relax and feel comfortable. She was a kind person, very special.”

Jean had survived two different forms of cancer. The first was in 2008 and the second in 2011 when she had surgery but made a good recovery. She was looking forward to a sailing holiday in Greece later this year when she was hit by an infection which meant she had to return to Blackpool Victoria hospital’s Windmill Unit where it proved impossible to save her life.

Aged 68, Jean was born near Barnsley and came to Blackpool as a teenager where she met Barry. They both lived in Charnley Road.

Jean worked for Blackpool’s Studio D photographic company and Barry was a Gazette photographer for many years. They married in 1966 and have a daughter, Mrs Samantha Kenmare, grandson Jack and son in law Robert.

The couple loved the outdoors and spent their leisure time caravanning, sailing and cycling.

Cremation will be at Carleton next Tuesday, February 7, followed by a service of thanksgiving for Jean’s life held at Singleton Parish Church.