Morecambe's 'Mrs Pebbleart' leaves a legacy for years to come

Tributes have been paid to Morecambe's 'Mrs Pebbleart' Jacky Burns who has died at the age of 58.

Monday, 21st September 2020, 12:32 pm
Updated Monday, 21st September 2020, 12:36 pm

Her daughter Sarah Burns said: "Originally Pebbleart was something for her to enjoy with her grandchildren, Leo, Calvin and Olivia, but as always with my Mum she had a vision, that other people might find these little painted pebbles and paint their own!

"This is where the Facebook page was born and the rest is history. This small act of spreading a little happiness with a painted rock will be her legacy for years to come.

"My mum was known for many of her life’s achievements including helping to organise Christian camps in Porthpean, her camping and kayaking instructor adventures, traveling the country working as a prisoners education officer and more commonly known locally for her Pebbleart venture in Morecambe."

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'Mrs Pebbleart' Jacky Burns (centre) with her husband Ned (far left) and daughters and son-in-laws Richard, Samantha, Sarah, Thomas and grandchildren.

Jacky, more affectionately known as 'Mrs Pebbleart' was born in St.Helens and grew up with her grandparents.

After university she moved to the south and had her two daughters Sarah and Samantha.

Jacky was a northern girl at heart and decided to come back to her roots while attending university (again) in Lancaster.

This is where she met Ned her husband of 18 years.

Jacky Burns with her granddaughter Olivia.

Sarah Burns said: "My mum was fun, she didn’t take life too seriously, was never one to shout and would rather be causing mischief than tidying the house!

"She had a dry sense of humour and would often have you laughing till you cried. My mum was the heart of our family, she would be there day or night if you needed a chat or a cuddle or just to come home.

"The sudden passing of our mum has left an irreplaceable hole in our lives.

"We would like to thank all the staff at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary who took such good care of her, Everyone involved worked tirelessly and we will be forever grateful.

From left: June Nelson, Jacky's friend from Southend, with Jacky Burns.

"Jacky Bee was our best friend, and she will be missed enormously, every day."

Team Reece cancer charity which Jacky supported said: "Jacky was the driving force behind the gold pebbles that lined the promenade on the day of Reece’s funeral, our world record and the gold heart and 13 on display in Regent Park.

"Our sincerest condolences go to Jacky's family and friends. A life that touches others goes on forever...

"You had a true heart of gold and will never be forgotten."

Jacky Burns started off a new craze in the Heysham area called Pebbleart.

Pud Waterhouse, whose late daughter's charity Jacky supported, Shine for Sian, said: "Thoughts and prayers from me and Lorraine and all at Shine for Sian."

A fundraiser launched by Jacky's family has so far raised £2610 towards her funeral.

You can still donate at:

Jacky Burns started off a new craze in the Heysham area called Pebbleart - here she is with her grandchildren Olivia, Leo and Calvin.