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29 JANUARY 2021: Bill Huyton R.I.P.

It is with enormous sadness that we reported the death of Bill Huyton, our Chairman Emeritus, aged 73. A stalwart member of our Society for twenty years, Bill soon became part of our Committee and had the notable distinction of being our longest-serving Chairman to date. He is missed by all who knew him.

For more, see the Bill Huyton obituary contributed by ODFHS committee members.


Some pictures of former ODFHS chair, Bill Huyton (1947-2021)



Dig Up Your Roots In West Lancashire (event at Emmanuel Methodist Church, Ormskirk) in October 2019
Bill at the Slipway at Burscough in September 2014 (he was steering a canal barge, it was for Kate Hurst's 30th birthday)
With Pam Richardson and Jean Gidman at Ormskirk Mediaeval Weekend in May 2017.
Bill speaking at the unveiling of the reinstated Court No. 8 Plaque on Aughton Street (with the Mayor and Mayoress, and one of the managers of Morrisons) in April 2018. That was pretty much his last "public" act as Chair; he stepped down at the AGM that year.

Bill with the late Dr. Tom Massam (a member of ODFHS) at one of 2011 meetings; the book is in the ODFHS library and is the story of the life of Doris Forshaw
The sandwich board. This was Bill's idea; he wanted one made to promote the society at the Park Praise event in 2010 at Coronation Park, so he got Kate Hurst to make it and paint the letters.
Bill (far right) at Parbold in July 2016, when a few of us took part in a canalside walk from Parbold to Burscough Wharf. (Andrew Scarisbrick and Kate Hurst are also in the shot, on the right.)

Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street