TRIBUTES have been paid to a Ribble Valley woman who was involved in Girl Guiding for more than 80 years.

Moira Walker, who served as the Guider-in-Charge at Waddow Hall for 15 years from 1967, passed away at Clitheroe Hospital aged 93.

Miss Walker took over the running of the Waddow Hall group in Waddington for what was supposed to be six months, but was such a success that she stayed until 1982.

After retiring, she lived within sight of Waddow Hall and continued her interest in the Guide Association by taking on roles within the Trefoil Guild in Manchester and at Waddow.

She was also the county vice-president of Lancashire East Girl Guiding as well as a member of the Waddington WI and attended St Mary’s RC Church in Sabden.

She was a governor at Pendle Primary School and a governor at Ribblesdale Children’s Centre for 25 years.

Julia Carter, who knew Moira for 25 years, said: “She was a lovely person to be around and she was very positive. She always knew her mind and she was very decisive.

“She was the original ‘iron lady’ and was also very sporty and enjoyed playing hockey and tennis.

“Moira was very dedicated to Ribblesdale Children’s Centre in her role as a governor.”

Clitheroe Town Council leader Mary Robinson said: “I admire her and what she has done for the Guides.

“To give so much of your life to that organisation is amazing and she is an example to young people.”

A message on the East Lancashire Girl Guiding Facebook page said: “With much regret, I must advise that Moira Walker, ex-Guider-in-Charge at Waddow Hall, passed away.

“She had been in hospital for a few weeks and had been unwell for a considerable length of time. We will all miss her.”

Miss Walker died in December and a collection was held at her funeral for St Mary's RC Church in Sabden and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.