An 82-year-old woman has exhibited her art projects last weekend inspired by and in memory of her late sister.

Joan Bideau, from Burnley, cared for her sister Sheila in lockdown, and painted a picture every day to keep herself busy.

Joan said: "At the beginning of lockdown I moved into my sister Sheila's house to care for her, as she was unable to cope on her own due to a serious illness.

"When she was settled for the evening, to keep myself sane, I set up my easel in her utility room and undertook the challenge of doing a painting every day until the end of lockdown.

"I began around 7pm and my deadline was midnight. (The first) lockdown lasted for 54 days!"

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The exhibition of paintings, named 'For love of Sheila', took place last weekend at Cliviger Village Hall in Burnley Road.

Joan continued: "Looking after my sister for over a year gave me the time and opportunity to paint, which would not have happened during our normal busy lives.

"Since I came back home I have continued to paint.

"This exhibition is a tribute to Sheila who sadly lost her fight for life, but bore her illness with bravery and stoicism."

Grand-daughter of Joan, Leigh-Anne Ross, who visited the exhibition, said: "It's an amazing achievement. 

"She is demonstrating her amazing skills and letting others have a try too."

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Cliviger Village Hall, first opened in 1904, has recently been renovated to a high standard.

It is run by a committee who are all volunteers and have been supported by grants to help them modernise the hall and provide equipment, including the Lancashire Environmental Fund and The Big Lottery.

They hold regular events such as dog training, yoga, line dancing and dominoes every week for the local community.