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Thu 31 Dec 2020
It is with sadness that I report the death of Paul Tate. Paul was the co-founder of Chorley Film Society and also a member of Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society. He was a very friendly and likeable person with a skill of telling terrible jokes and stories so they sounded hilarious. Today is Paul's funeral.
Paul Tate
(10th Mar 1951-26th Dec 2020)
Estelle Briers has sent me some fascinating information about Paul that we’d like to share.
Paul was an integral part of the Chorley Film Society from when it formed in 1986 to when it disbanded in 2019. He avidly enjoyed all the arts and was a familiar face to everyone who came to our films as he invariably greeted people with a friendly smile and an old joke before asking for their money. As the Society's raffle man at one point he brought in nearly 20% of all the income but it's for his film introductions that he will be best remembered. Usually ignoring the film entirely in favour of a rambling comic story, it's fair to say he made our screenings unique, warm, welcoming and full of character. His cheery smile and passionate optimism will be missed, and our love and thoughts go to his family.

Paul was 2nd ever editor of Pluto (furthest from the Sun) the newspaper of Preston Poly then University of Central Lancs 1991 - 4. I think he came up with the name. This role was won by a yearly campaign for Students to vote, his slogan was You know he makes no sense ! Pluto parties were legendary, always meant to begin with his lecture on the history of the pencil sharpener and could travel by train to Chorley or Manchester & back. His homeP was referred to as Lime Grove Studios. Pluto was a bit like Private Eye.

One of Paul’s first jobs was in the Hong Kong Police. He came to Chorley in 1972 & opened a betting shop.
He then did Combined Modules to get a degree at UCLAN and then into Insurance.
His main focus was on attending community events & being the reader in church. He did the raffle at the Film Society for most of its history - often being the only profit. His film introductions were legendary & often infuriating. His commitment to a long term self devised joke that only he understood put him into the realms of DaDa or surrealism.
He loved slapstick & panto. One Xmas he managed to see 21 pantos in 21 days. His favorite play was The Importance of Being Ernest, which he would travel to see in any venue that put it on.

Paul's Final Request was that after the ceremonies, at the graveside for all there to listen to "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by the Smiths be played. One last joke. Some lyrics from the song "I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour, but heaven knows I'm miserable now" Paul always put that on the jukebox wherever he went.

The Requiem Mass to Celebrate the Life of Paul was at St Gregory's R,C, Church, Weldbank, Chorley
Thursday 31st Dec 2020a t 10:00am

Paul Tate.
Fri 25 Dec 2020

Walked to Drinkwaters ruin above White Coppice for a solo camp and Christmas tea.

Camp above Drinkwaters west of White Coppice. 

Christmas morning view of The Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial. To the left of the cross can be seen the stars of Pollux and Castor in the constellation of Gemini. They were twin brothers in Greek and Roman mythology. One of their sisters was Helen of Troy.
Tue 22 Dec 2020

This photo of Annie Fothergill Eccles (1850 - 1928) is dated Oct 1906. She lived in White Coppice and was the wife of Alfred Ephraim Eccles the famous Temperance Reformer. A.E.Eccles also managed the Cotton Mill in White Coppice. They are both buried in the graveyard of St Barnabas Church, Heapey.

Mon 21 Dec 2020

White Coppice in the rain.
Sun 20 Dec 2020

Lights on Cross Keys Drive with the Winter Hill TV transmitter in the background.

Gannow tunnel on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Burnley.
Nobody knows what the inscriptions mean.
Sat 19 Dec 2020

Two Christmas Trees on Waterhouse Green.
Fri 18 Dec 2020

Fanny Hill 1972 album photo by David Bailey.
Tue 15 Dec 2020
This year's Christmas Card.

Friends Janet & Duncan have kept my cards since the first in 1982.
Mon 14 Dec 2020

Early morning pavement cleaning on Preston Rd.
Sun 13 Dec 2020
Rain most of day so did much needed work on bike. New bottom bracket, chainrings, chain and rear cassette.

Old bearings

New bearings.
Thu 10 Dec 2020
Cycling through Farington doing Christmas card drop
Mill Street with snowman.

Dean called on his 41 year old vinatge motorbike.
Tue 08 Dec 2020

My Dad was born 106 years ago today.
Here he is with Mum in 1938. He died in 1979.

Cycled to Pleasington Crematorium and Plot H where Dad and Mum's ashes are.

The full skip is being taken away and an empty one left.
Mon 07 Dec 2020
Sad to hear of the death of Doug Scott at the age of 79 (29 May 1941 - 7 December 2020), an amazing mountaineer. He was the first Briton to summit Mt Everest in 1975. I went to many of his mountaineering lectures.

Doug Scott (1941 - 2020) 

Doug Scott on Everest 1975 
Sun 06 Dec 2020

An evening walk to the Top Lock in Leeds and Liverpool Canal to admire the lights.
Fri 04 Dec 2020
Hamish MacInnes (7 July 1930 - 22 November 2020) leaves Glen Coe for his funeral that took place at a crematorium in Glasgow 4th Dec 2020.

I returned on my bike to Horrobin Farm, Riley Green to photograph the lights on the tree as they have now added the hedge lights.

Thu 03 Dec 2020

The Roebuck Inn have swithched their lights on though they have tostay closed.
Tue 01 Dec 2020

The lights are now on the Christmas Tree, Waterhouse Green.
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