Tributes are paid to the prolific 'Dewsbury poet' Barbara Hill, 73

A WELL-LOVED and respected writer and amateur historian known as the 'Dewsbury poet' has died.

Barbara Hill, of Slaithwaite Road, Thornhill, had written almost 800 poems, many about her childhood and life in Dewsbury. She was 73.

Born in 1934, Barbara, nee Ineson, grew up in Savile Town and attended Templefield Girls’ School.

Her first job was working behind the counter at Woolworth’s, Northgate.

In 1953, she met Dennis Hill, a clerk at the Town Clerk’s Office at Dewsbury Town Hall.

They married at Thornhill Parish Church in 1956 and moved to the Hill family home on Slaithwaite Road in 1959.

As well as being a housewife and mother-of-two, Mrs Hill worked at Jas Smith’s dyers and cleaners and later Thornhill Lees Infants’ School.

After retiring, Mrs Hill took a creative writing course at Dewsbury College, where she developed her interest in poetry and prose.

She went on to write two collections of stories and poems, Dips and Rainbow Thoughts, which went on sale at Sue Carter’s bookshop, Crackenedge Lane.

A member of Thornhill Girls Friendly Society and the Mothers’ Union at Thornhill, she was also a member of Dewsbury Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild for more than 20 years and wrote a book of poems to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Mrs Hill also enjoyed a range of arts and crafts, including macrame, knitting, watercolour painting and cake decorating. She also played the electronic organ.

Mrs Hill died in Dewsbury and District Hospital on January 3 after a long illness. Her funeral was held at Dewsbury Moor crematorium on January 11.

She leaves husband Dennis, son Clive and daughter Jacqueline.