A FORMER docks worker had a statement read out in court yesterday – at his own inquest.

The words of Gerald Lydiate were read out at Blackburn Coroner’s Court following his death from cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

The 73-year-old, who lived with his second wife Wendy in Blackburn Road, Haslingden, lost his fight against lung cancer in Royal Blackburn Hospital on April 19.


In his statement, he spoke of raw asbestos raining down on him ‘like snow’ in the 1960s.

But he wrote of feeling privileged to be able to work in such a highly-paid position because he had a wife and five children to feed.

Mr Lydiate had received a payout due to his exposure before his death, the court was told.

Coroner Michael Singleton recorded a verdict of death of the occupational disease of exposure to asbestos.