Farewell to Jean, our Dancing Queen

As reported in these pages on Thursday 6th November 2014, the funeral was held this afternoon of our late friend and great supporter, Jean Mulvaney, former leader of the Victory Stompers Line-Dancing Club.

Our Team Secretary, Gillian Gregory, was joined by fellow Support Group members Amanda Strickleton and Sarah Hindle, who had all attended Jean’s charity fundraising events, to represent the entire membership of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team in bidding farewell to this very kind and generous lady.

The white glass horse-drawn hearse bearing her coffin was fitting for the “Dancing Queen”, as was one of the floral tributes in the shape of a ‘cowboy’ dancing boot bearing the one word “Grandma”.

The service in Overdale West Chapel was conducted by Reverand Philip Norris, (who was a former Chaplain to our colleagues in Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team) and included a poem composed specially and read by Jean’s son-in-law, Tony, entitled “Dancing Queenie” which drew applause from the many tearful mourners present.

As the service concluded, there was a lump in every throat as the people assembled in the chapel sat in silence listening to the beautiful recording of Sarah McLachlan singing “Angel”.

We all offer our sincere condolences to Jean’s husband, Alan, and family, and hope the love and happy memories of times spent with Jean will gradually replace their grief.

Please also see website reports of Friday 16th April 2010, Tuesday 5th April 2011, Friday 29th April 2011, Friday 2nd December 2011, Saturday 14th April 2012, Friday 4th May 2012, Tuesday 21st August 2012, Monday 22nd October 2012, Wednesday 19th December 2012, Sunday 18th August 2013, Friday 4th October 2013, Friday 4th April 2014 , Tuesday 27th May 2014, and Thursday 6th November 2014.