Cause of elderly couple’s deaths revealed

Harold and Joan Riding had lived on Great Meadow, Astley Village, since the 1970s
Harold and Joan Riding had lived on Great Meadow, Astley Village, since the 1970s
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An elderly couple found dead at their home in Chorley both died of natural causes, it has been revealed.

Harold Riding, 81, and wife Joan, 76, were discovered at their house on Great Meadow, Astley Village, on Tuesday, April 14.

At the time it was not known how the couple died.

Police launched an investigation and said while they were treating their deaths as “unexplained”, they did not believe there were any suspicious circumstances.

Post-mortem examinations carried out this week have revealed they both died of natural causes.

It is understood that Mr Riding had died before his wife, possibly up to three weeks before they were found.

A police spokesman said a file would be passed to the coroner for inquests.

A joint funeral for the couple will be held at 10am on Monday at Charnock Richard Crematorium, in Chorley.

Mr and Mrs Riding had lived on Great Meadow since the 1970s, having previously lived in Australia and Rhodesia for some time through Mr Riding’s work as a concrete piling engineer.

They had no children.

Mr Riding’s nephew Paul Riding, 57, who also lives on Great Meadow, described them as a “devoted couple” who “lived for each other.”

His partner, Cheryl Ward, raised the alarm after becoming concerned when Mr Riding had not collected a prescription and she was not able to contact them.

Neighbours said Mr and Mrs Riding were “an absolutely lovely couple” and spoke of seeing Mr Riding go out every morning to get a newspaper.