A FATHER and son have appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged with the murder of pensioner Barry Tyrie outside the Regent Street Working Men’s Club on Sunday.

John Taylor, 57, and Daniel John Taylor, 30, both of Blackburn Road, Haslingden, were sent in custody to Preston Crown Court where they will appear tomorrow.

The two men spoke only to confirm their personal details during the brief hearing.

Police were called at about 10.20pm on Sunday to a report of a fight outside Regent Street Working Men’s Club in the town during which Mr Tyrie, 69, received serious injuries.

Despite the efforts of police and paramedics at the scene he sadly died at hospital.

Police originally arrested four men, including John and Daniel, on suspicion of murder but a 25-year-old man and 31-year-old men have since been released without charge after police ruled out their involvement.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Willis, said: “Our thoughts remain with Barry’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“Throughout this inquiry the community of Haslingden have been incredibly co-operative and I would like to thank them for their support.”

Speaking in the aftermath of Mr Tyrie's death, Stephen Youds, the working men’s club’s landlord, said: “He was a gentleman. He was well respected and was well-known in the area. Everyone at the pub who knew him is in complete shock. He’s come into this club for years. We’re all deeply upset.He was the type of guy who would help you out in any way he could.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log number 1812 of August 25.