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Mr Frank Hayward

IT IS with sadness that I report the death of Mr Frank Hayward, past President and chief steward of Blackpool championship dog show.

Frank had suffered ill health for a number of years, and retired from the committee a number of years ago, and gave up his duties as chief steward owing to his health. In this capacity his wife Phyl, who died a few years ago, supported him.

Frank took over as Chief Steward in the mid seventies, he also served for a number of years as vice-Chairman, and also helped to launch a number of societies in east Lancashire and was connected with a number of breed clubs.

For many years both he and Phyl worked hard for the Guide Dogs for the Blind and the RSPCA in the east Lancs area. Frank did an enormous amount of work for a number of societies, and helped a lot of people when they were starting out.

He was also connected with a number of breed clubs, his first love being his beloved Cairn Terriers, and he was very upset when we lost CCs for them at Blackpool. Frank was also a stalwart to Preston CS and organised the Garstang Agricultural show’s dog section for many years.

Both he and Phyl claimed they had attended every Blackpool show since the war and, as many older exhibitors will remember, we had many happy times at the banquets at the Savoy Hotel, Cliffs Hotel and the Pleasure Beach!

To his relatives I, and all the committee at Blackpool, send our sincere condolences.

Jack Bennett,
Secretary Blackpool Dog Show Society

Mrs Audrey Elverd
Panavon Toy Poodles

IT WAS with sadness that I received the news of Audrey’s death. she had been in poor health for some time, but with dogged determination she fought each setback, usually with a show in her sights as a goal. Her last judging appointment was the club’s golden anniversary show where she judged best in show. Until a few days before, there was a doubt she would be well enough, but she was so determined and carried out the appointment.

The Panavon Poodles were established by Audrey’s sister, Irene Pantlin, but it wasn’t long before Audrey and family were heavily involved. They had great success in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, making up white champions in miniatures and toys. Audrey was always very proud that her line was ‘pure bred white’ with no black in their pedigrees, although she did keep other colours, the whites were always the ‘special’ ones.

Audrey was a lifelong friend to South Western Poodle Club. She was secretary for many years ably supported by her husband, Stan. For the last five years, she has been South Western President, a role she took great pride in. She was not just a figurehead, she took her position seriously, being very supportive and generous to the club.

To her daughter, Janet,and son-in-law Cliff, our deepest condolences.

Mrs Ann James,
Hon Sec South Western Poodle Club