Griffon and Lakeland exhibitor killed in head-on car crash

Created: 13/06/2012

GRIFFON Bruxellois and Lakeland Terrier exhibitor June Burke has been killed in a car accident.
The head-on crash, involving Mrs Burke’s Suzuki Grand Vitara, which was being driven by her husband Kevin, and a Renault Scenic containing a woman, took place near Carsphairn, Dumfries and Galloway.
Mr and Mrs Burke, of Jericho, Bury, were on their way to Carsphairn dog show, where Mr Burke was to judge and which was taking place the next day. The event had been organised by their daughter, Kathryn.
Mrs Burke, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene; Mr Burke, 80, was critically injured and is still in the high-dependency unit in hospital where he has undergone surgery for chest and leg injuries.
The 67-year-old driver of the other vehicle was taken to hospital where her condition is said to be stable.
The road was closed for nine hours after the crash which took place on June 1 at what is known as an accident blackspot.
Fireman had to cut the three victims out of the mangled vehicles.
Mr and Mrs Burke, who have four children and five grandchildren, were keen ballroom dancers and caravanners and are well-known on the dog show circuit for the Markath dogs.
When Mr Burke retired from service in Lancashire and then Greater Manchester Police in 1981, the couple ran the White Lion Hotel in Bury town centre and then the Game Cock Inn in Fairfield until the early 1990s.