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LibDem councillor laid up with broken ankle for at least six weeks

Lancashire Telegraph: Coun Paul Browne recuperating after  his ladder ordeal Coun Paul Browne recuperating after his ladder ordeal

ON a dry, sunny day, Paul Browne can usually be found on a roof fixing TV aerials somewhere in Darwen.

But after an accident last week, the 72-year-old has been laid up with a pot on his ankle.

Coun Browne was coming down his ladder last week when he slipped off the second to last rung.

And it couldn’t come at a worse time for the long-standing Liberal Democrat as, with borough elections looming, he should be out leafleting with his colleagues.

He said: “I had just done a satellite dish and I was coming down the ladder.

“I was on the second from bottom rung and my foot slipped and I went down.

“My ankle went into a funny position and I thought I had sprained it but when I went for an x-ray they said it was cracked.

“They showed me the x-ray as well and it is a good crack.”

Coun Browne said the accident would put him out of action for a long time.

He said: “I have to be off my feet for six weeks so I am out of the election this time.

“I have to go back to Burnley in a fortnight to have a new pot put on.

“But I can’t work so there is no money coming in and I can’t go out for a drink! It is a bit like being in prison.”

Coun Browne said this was the first time he had had an accident at work.

He said: “I have never had a day off in my life and I have been in business since 1960.

“I need to see what the damage is when my ankle heals but I don’t intend on packing in the business yet.”

Liberal Democrat leader Coun David Foster said Coun Browne would be missed on the campaign trail this year, although he is not actually up for election this time round.

Coun Foster said: “I suppose it is an occupational hazard and I am just glad he didn’t fall off a roof.

“We will be missing one of our key leafleters.

“Of course I wish him a speedy recovery as we have an election coming up.”

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2:49pm Tue 25 Mar 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

"It is a bit like being in prison.”

I suppose it is, considering how cushy the modern prison is.
"It is a bit like being in prison.” I suppose it is, considering how cushy the modern prison is. BuckoTheMoose
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9:43am Wed 26 Mar 14

Angusam says...

Paul, my greatest Sympathy's. I slipt on the Cobbles outside my house in Jan 13 and broke my ankle in 3 places (and I hadnt even had a drink).

As you say, you really do feel like being in a prison, you can't move get up cook bath and your daily routine is in the hands of someone else for the a short time.

It is really hard when you are so independent, but look at it as a good rest and a chance to get some good books read. You will be up and about in 3 months with physio. It took me a full year for things to settle down, but it was an 8 our 10 break or so they told me when I broke my ankle. Just don't rush it and let it heal properly.

Anyhow all the best, im sure you have lots of friends to give you support.
Paul, my greatest Sympathy's. I slipt on the Cobbles outside my house in Jan 13 and broke my ankle in 3 places (and I hadnt even had a drink). As you say, you really do feel like being in a prison, you can't move get up cook bath and your daily routine is in the hands of someone else for the a short time. It is really hard when you are so independent, but look at it as a good rest and a chance to get some good books read. You will be up and about in 3 months with physio. It took me a full year for things to settle down, but it was an 8 our 10 break or so they told me when I broke my ankle. Just don't rush it and let it heal properly. Anyhow all the best, im sure you have lots of friends to give you support. Angusam
  • Score: 4

9:04am Sun 30 Mar 14

Unhappycyclist says...

Breaking News:

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Seriously though Paul, hope you have a speedy recovery, and getting a cast in the party colour is a touch of genius.
Breaking News: Gin and Tonic sales in Darwen drop by 90% !!! Seriously though Paul, hope you have a speedy recovery, and getting a cast in the party colour is a touch of genius. Unhappycyclist
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