Tributes to former Lancashire union boss who fought Sunday trading law

Ron in 2002

Ron in 2002

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Former Lancashire trade union leader Ron Williams has died at the age of 94.

The shopworkers’ official, who campaigned for years against Sunday trading, passed away at a care home in Longridge.

BOY RACERS: Ron (above right) with John Crowther

BOY RACERS: Ron (above right) with John Crowther

Ron, the Preston area organiser for USDAW for 30 years, was also vice-chairman of the city’s Trades’ Council and a former magistrate.

Sheila Slater, who was his secretary for 30 years, said: “Ron was fiercely opposed to Sunday opening. It was a big issue for him because of the affect it had on shop workers.

“He camapigned hard against it and he was very disappointed when the Government brought it in.

“He spent decades working in the trade union movement. He was passionate about it.”

Ron was fiercely opposed to Sunday opening. It was a big issue for him because of the affect it had on shop workers

Sheila Slater

Ron, who was a vice-chairman of the Board of Visitors of Kirkham Prison, lived in Ribchester prior to going into Altham Lodge Care Home. He and former village joiner John Crowther hit the headlines in 2013 when they were dubbed “boy racers” for the way they got around Ribchester on mobility scooters.

They were immortalised in verse by local poet Roger Dolphin. Ron told the Evening Post at the time: “I thought it was very, very good. The scooter only goes eight miles an hour, but it seems very fast in the streets.”

His funeral will be held at 11am today in Ribchester.