A FORMER Hyndburn Mayor has left £20,000 to her beloved pet dog.
Retired headteacher Win Frankland died at her home in Brantfell Road, Great Harwood, on the Saturday before Christmas from a suspected heart attack at the age of 63.
She left the cash in her will to look after her three-year-old fox terrier Nell.
It is believed care of the dog has been entrusted to Jayne Carmody, Mayor’s attendant and chauffeur, after the two became close friends during Miss Frankland’s year of office in 2003-4.
Mrs Carmody refused to answer our calls this week.
But a council source said: "It’s the talk of the Town Hall."
Geoffrey Hanson, Miss Frankland’s cousin, confirmed: "Win has left her dog to Jayne with some money to look after it as it meant so much to her.
"Shortly before she died she had to have her other dog put down because it was suffering badly from skin ailments which she found really distressing.
"This shows how caring Win was.
"She used to walk Nell three or four times a day on the fields opposite her home.
Miss Frankland, who had kept dogs all her life, was also a former chairman of Great Harwood Area Council.