A WOMAN who delighted thousands of Examiner readers with her weekly gossip column has died.
Mrs Enid Blackburn wrote in the newspaper as Kay Bennett, and delighted people with her stories from the Colne Valley.
But she had to give up the column after a serious road accident in 1981.
Mrs Blackburn, who died last week at the age of 70, lived in Lawrence Road, Marsh.
She was a renowned dancer in her younger days, winning many awards with the Nora Bray School of Dance. She once appeared in pantomime at the Grand in Leeds with comedian Albert Modley.
Mrs Blackburn, who was brought up in Quarmby, left school to work in the bookbinding department at Wheatley Dyson.
It was there she met her husband-to-be, William, then aged 18. They married at Bradley in December, 1954.
They went on to have five children and 12 grandchildren.
Mr Blackburn said: "The writing came about when she wrote an article for the old Colne Valley Guardian.
"The Examiner bought the firm and Enid was asked by the then features editor, Ron Massey, if she would like to contribute a weekly column.
"She was working at Slaithwaite Library and said it would be easier if she could write under a pen name - so she became Kay Bennett."
Mrs Blackburn was a Sunday school teacher at Slaithwaite Methodist Church and later worshipped at Gledholt Methodist Church.
She was a keen bowler, representing Linthwaite Hall and, later, Marsh United.
The funeral is at 11am tomorrow at the Gledholt church.