Bookseller killed by falling sign at Blackpool Waterstones

Bookseller killed by falling sign at Blackpool Waterstones

Waterstones has confirmed the tragic death of one of its "much-loved" booksellers, Margaret Sheridan, after an incident at its Blackpool shop yesterday (12th January). 

The company paid tribute to Sheridan, 68, from Singleton, who died at the scene after being hit by a falling Waterstones sign. Police are carrying out a joint investigation into the incident with the local authority. 

A spokesperson for the chain said: “Waterstones confirms that a tragic accident at its Blackpool shop has resulted in the death of one of its booksellers. Margaret Sheridan was a much loved and well respected colleague. We offer our deepest condolences to her family.” 

The incident is reported to have happened around 5.30pm yesterday, as locals reported high winds in the Bank Hey Street area, where the Waterstones Blackpool branch is based. 

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "Police were called at about 5.30pm to a report that a sign had fallen from the front of the Waterstones Bookseller's store on Bank Hey Street in Blackpool. The woman received serious injuries and sadly died at the scene."