Tributes have been paid to a popular former postmistress and landlady.
Freda Pownall was well known across Penwortham, where she and her husband Ken ran businesses for more than 20 years.
She died at the age of 76 just six months after being diagnosed with cancer.
The couple moved to Lancashire from Cheshire when Ken was given the task of running the former Preston Steam Laundry by his father.
Fed up with commuting across the region, he took over The Crown Hotel in Chorley which the couple ran for two years before moving to The Pear Tree in Leyland Road ,Penwortham.
They had the pub for 10 years , while their only son Robert ran the newsagent’s shop across the road, which they later expanded into the grocer’s shop next door.
Ken,78, said: “ The pub was very popular and we were always packed out at Christmas and New Year and one year my son said it was getting too much for his mum.”
Confirmed workaholics, the couple bought the nearby Post Office at Penwortham Lane, which they ran for 20 years- living in the bungalow next door.
But, said Ken: “Freda stayed on for two years after we sold up to help out.
“We didn’t retire though. We went on to do relief work for the Post Office all across Lancashire for two or three years.”
Between them they also ran the Country Fayre Bakery in Longton, for their son for four ears.
Ken said: “Freda loved people and helping people. We never really stopped and met a lot of people over the years.”
Bereaved are son Robert, grandchildren Gavin and Natlie and six great-grandchildren.