Ladies pay tribute to popular businessman

Steven Garratt
Steven Garratt
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A fundraising lunch was held in memory of a beloved brother and doting uncle.

Popular businessman Steven Garratt, 57, was killed when he fell from a cherry picker at his Garratt Electrical site on Hornby Lane, Inskip, in October 2010.

His younger sisters Gillian Wilman and Fiona Dugdale held a ‘Ladies that Lunch’ event on Friday at the Derby Arms, Church Road, Treales, near Kirkham, on Friday.

Gillian, who runs Escape deli, Poulton Street, Kirkham, said: “He was the best. I saw him nearly every day.

“He used to come in every day for his breakfast.”

More than 70 women enjoyed a four-course meal and entertainment at the event which was held to raise money for the North West Air Ambulance.

Gillian said: “It’s friends and family and a few ex-girlfriends. He was very much a ladies man.

“(The Derby Arms) was his local, he used to walk down.”

Guests were treated to entertainment by jazz duo Hip Hip 2 Rays and a representative for the air ambulance service, whose paramedics battled to save Mr Garratt, spoke at the event.

Fiona, of Ribby Road, Kirkham, said her two teenage daughters helped out at the event, selling raffles tickets to win prizes donated by local businesses.

Gillian added: “We would like to thank all those who gave donations.

“We are going to make it an annual event. Hopefully it will go from strength to strength.”

Mr Garratt, of Lowfield Close, Newton-with-Scales, near Preston, took over the family business when his father, former Kirkham Councillor Peter Garratt, retired.

At the time of the Preston North End supporter’s death, Mr Garratt, who regularly attended matches at Deepdale with his son, paid tribute to “a wonderful man.”