Tributes were today paid to an award-winning journalist whose “ingrained skill” contributed so much to The Gazette.
Peter Myerscough, who was born and bred in Thornton, died aged 84, on March 22.
He had worked at The Gazette for his entire working life, starting straight from school and working as both a news reporter and feature writer.
He also won awards for his motoring coverage.
His daughter Jane, 53, said: “He thoroughly enjoyed working at the newspaper and continued to read it.
“He thought it was always a good newspaper, perhaps better now than in his day.”
The family man, who had three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, was born in Thornton and attended Baines High School before starting work at The Gazette.
His wife Agnes died 10 years ago but he remained “fiercely” independent, his family said.
He enjoyed a quiet retirement, still holidaying well into his 80s, and able to drive, but he suffered a stroke last month.
His daughter added: “He was fiercely independent. He was fit as a flea, still active and driving, chatting up the ladies!
“He liked photography and animals and would still go abroad.
“He enjoyed his retirement, loved his grandchildren and saw his family regularly.”
Former colleagues also paid tribute to Mr Myerscough.
David Upton, a former deputy editor of The Gazette said: “Peter’s local knowledge and ingrained skill contributed so much to the newspaper through the second half of the 20th century.
“He was a writer who could turn his pen to hard news reporting, elegantly-written features and, latterly, was the paper’s award-winning motoring correspondent.
“All was achieved with a wry sense of humour that enabled him to wittily puncture any pomposity he might come across in the resort’s corridors of power – besides being able to do a pretty good impression of some of its characters.
“Known affectionately, by colleagues, through his middle name Rodney he was a joy to work with, as well as an esteemed reporter of an exciting time in the development of Blackpool and the Fylde coast.”
Mr Myerscough will be remembered at a service at St Nicholas Owen Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 8, at 2pm prior to burial at Thornton Parish Church Yard at 3pm.