Tributes paid to Glusburn panto stalwart, Joyce, 85

Glusburn resident Joyce Riddiough, who was involved in local amateur theatre for most of her life, has died at the age of 85.

The former village newsagent was involved with Glusburn Pantomime for many years.

After attending Glusburn School and Keighley Girl Grammar School, Joyce worked first at Cowling bakery Wheeler’s then for textile firm Hayfield. In the early 1970s she took over her family’s newsagents and stationery shop.

She began her theatrical activities with the Glusburn Cricket Club Players, then in the 1960s produced the Glusburn Baptist Chapel pantomime.

Joyce, who never married, has a surviving brother Keith, and six nephews and nieces. Her niece Christine Sutcliffe said family was very important to Joyce.

She said: “My aunt was very outgoing, very sociable.”

Joyce died on December 8 at Airedale Hospital.

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