TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-standing golf secretary who has died.

Alan Dady was well-known for being the director, president, captain and first honorary president at Baxenden Golf Club, after joining in 1962.

The 83-year-old died peacefully at home on Thursday. His funeral will be taking place at 11.40am tomorrow at Accrington Crematorium.

John Dady paid tribute to his dad, who was born in Accrington in June 1936.

He said: “His proudest moments were when he was made captain and president of Baxenden Golf Club.

"He was the greens chairman and was instrumental in planting all the trees on the course and organized the building of the pond on number nine fairway.

“Alan was proud of the club and spent most of his days up there repairing the dry stone walls around the club and practising his golf most nights. He won many trophies in his long career and loved going away with the seniors on trips to other courses.

“His favourite hobbies were gardening at home, reading history books about Egypt and going on European holidays, he also loved Accrington Stanley and followed them through the 1950s to the present day.

“He bought an apartment in Tenerife 22 years ago which they still have today and he used to spend six months of the year over there.”

Alan went to Spring Hill Primary School then moved to Hyndburn Park School where he was Head Boy.

In 1962, he married Dorothy after they met at Accrington Conservative Club and they were happily married for 58 years.

They moved to Baxenden where they lived all their married lives.

As well as son John, Mr Dady has a daughter, Suzanne, son in-law Craig, daughter-in-law Jackie, and four grandchildren - Katie, Jack, Aimee and Oliver.

Alan worked at Lang Bridges in Accrington as an apprentice toolmaker, then he moved to English Electric at Clayton as a draughtsman and finished at Lucas Aerospace in Burnley.

Anthony Woods, from Baxenden Golf Club, said: “When I first started in the 1980s, Alan had a lot of time for us.

"The fact he was our honorary president shows what he did for the club.”