TRIBUTES have been paid to a well- known former land lady who led a spirited campaign to save her local pub.
Mrs Úna McBride – known to people in Hesketh Bank as “Mrs Mc” – passed away on Thursday, October 18. She was 95.
Mrs Mc spent over two years trying to save The Becconsall Hotel, on Station Road, after it fell into disrepair, but the attempts to rescue the pub eventually failed when it was demolished this February.
Mrs McBride’s daughter, also called Úna McBride, said: “The campaign was such a big thing for my mum.
“She had the courage to stand up and start the campaign to Save The Bec at 92 years of age. She never even touched alcohol but she loved the community and the campaign to save the pub was never about her.
“It was all about the future of the village and that summed up what she was about. She would always do what she could for others.”
Mrs Mc died at Westcliffe Manor Care Home, on Westcliffe Road, Birkdale, and Úna paid tribute to the staff there. She said: “I can’t speak kindly enough of the girls there and the way they helped mum.
“I was unable to get back from London, where I was working, in time to be with mum but they stayed with her until the end.
“Mum’s final words were giving as ever, and she said to Rose, one of her wonderful carers, “Bless You . . . ” before she left us all for heaven.”
A documentary film about the campaign to save the Becconsall Hotel will now be dedicated to Mrs Mc and her efforts to prevent her beloved pub from closing.
The film, called Closing Time, has been made by Sheffield film maker Ed Cartledge, of Sort Of . . . Films, and will be released early next year.
Úna said: “Mum was such a welcoming, generous and hospitable person and the film makers were fascinated by the relationship between her and myself.
“It’s wonderful that they have dedicated the film to her.”
A celebration of Mrs Mc’s life will be held on Saturday, November 3, at 1pm, at Our Lady Help of Christians RC Church, in Tarleton, and Úna is hoping people will give generously to her chosen charity, Dying To Keep Warm, which raises money for old people at risk of hypothermia and death from cold weather during the winter months.