Right, said Fred; that’s it!

A familiar face will be missing from the two Darwen Cemeteries with the early retirement of Fred James. But it won’t be for long!

Fred, who has well over 20 years service behind him, has promised to call round from time to time and help the Friends with their voluntary work. Once he has done a spot of decorating and been on holiday.

Says Fred: “I’ve enjoyed working in the cemeteries.┬áIt can be serious work, but we’ve had a lot of laughs along the way and I know I’m going to miss it.”

John East, chairman of the Friends, says: “Fred can handle just about any heavy equipment you can think of. His enthusiasm and humour are going to be missed. We are very pleased that he’ll be keeping in touch.”

FODC February 2011