Doreen Lofthouse of Fisherman's Friend dies at 91

Doreen Lofthouse, who is credited with growing Fisherman's Friend into an international brand and for her philanthropy in for her hometown of Fleetwood, has died at age 91.

Although she married into the family business, which had been manufacturing its lozenges since 1865, Doreen was instrumental in driving its growth.

The products has been popular among fishermen for solving respiratory problems, but Doreen saw a wider appeal. Today the company exports to more than 120 countries around the world, with annual sales of more than £55m.

She was nicknamed 'the mother of Fleetwood' and was awarded an OBE for her charity work. In 2019, she committed £30m to charitable projects in the town.

Councillor David Henderson, leader of Wyre Council, and Garry Payne, chief executive of Wyre Council, issued a statement saying: "We are deeply saddened to hear of Mrs Doreen Lofthouse OBE’s passing.

"Mrs Lofthouse was a true pioneer of Fleetwood and her generosity has helped to transform Fleetwood including the recent Mount Pavilion and gardens restoration project, as well as help to fund community groups.

"She was a woman who deeply cared about the town and I thank her for everything she has done."

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