South Shields woman gets dying wish as ashes scatted in home town

Geoffrey Fry of Accrington, Lancashire, was on South Tyneside to scatter the ashes of his late mother Nancy in diffrent locattions.
Geoffrey Fry of Accrington, Lancashire, was on South Tyneside to scatter the ashes of his late mother Nancy in diffrent locattions.

A South Shields-born woman’s dying wish to have her ashes scattered in her beloved home town was finally granted over the weekend.

Nancy Fry, who died three years ago at the age of 92, never tired of telling anyone who would listen of her pride of being a Sandancer.

Despite living away from the town for over 70 years, spending a number of years in The Netherlands and latterly Nottingham, she always regarded it as her true home.

And this weekend her son Geoffrey, 72, travelled back to his mother’s hometown from Accrington, Lancashire, with family friend Jean South.

They were there to fulfil Nancy’s wish to have her remains scattered at various locations in the town, including Marshall Wallis Road, where she was born, and on the coast.

Jean, 60, said: “Geoffrey is in failing health and it was really a question of doing it now before it was too late.

“He had put his mother’s ashes together with his late father Bert’s ashes, so both their remains are now in South Shields. That’s what Nancy had wanted to happen. She loved South Shields so much.”

Back in 2000 Nancy had contacted the Gazette from her home in the Dutch port of Terneuzen.

At the time she was planning to move back to the town and wanted to contact her remaining family there.

She never did go back to live and none of her relatives came forward at the time.

But now the appeal is being made again in a final bid to reunite members of the family.

Nancy and her late parents, Sid and Annie Howe, and her late brothers, Sidney, Leslie and Bobby, lived in Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields.

Jean said: “Geoffrey believe that at least two of the brothers have died, but we’d love to hear from any of their descendents.”

If you are a member of the Howe family contact Jean on 07900 861523,

Nancy Fry pictured in Marshall Wallis Road and Souter Lighthouse, South Shields, in 2001.