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Tributes to ‘straight-talking’ former land lady with a ‘heart of gold’

PUBLISHED: 16:13 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:13 12 September 2018

Brenda Battisson, former landlady at The Angel in Loddon, died following a long battle with cancer. Photo: Maureen Larkin

Brenda Battisson, former landlady at The Angel in Loddon, died following a long battle with cancer. Photo: Maureen Larkin

Maureen Larkin

A popular former landlady has been described as “so much fun” after she died following a battle with cancer.

Brenda Battisson, who ran the Angel pub in Loddon, has been described by her family as a “big character with a heart of gold”.

Mrs Battisson died on July 30 following a long battle with cancer.

Mrs Battison and husband David Battisson, took over the pub in 2008, continuing to run the venue until 2013.

Her notorious banter and caring nature made The Angel a popular hub for locals and visitors alike, many returning year after year.

Mrs Battison was born in Swardeston, Norfolk, in 1949, and was the youngest of five children.

After leaving Framingham Earl School, Mrs Battisson trained as a hairdresser at Garlands in Norwich, where she met her husband David, a builder from Norfolk.

In 1974 they moved to Loddon with their two young children, living in a caravan for four years while they built their family home from scratch.

Her daughter, Kathleen Battisson, said: “Some of my happiest memories with my mum are from those years. She was always making us laugh and we had so much fun. We never had much but she taught us it was enough to just be a family.”

The couple later built a bungalow in Loddon, where they lived together for 30 years.

The grandmother of six often went out of her way to brighten the lives of others, once posting money through the door of a neighbour who couldn’t afford to leave her daughter money from the tooth fairy.

Mrs Battisson had been ill since 2011, suffering complications after serious surgery.

But characteristic of the hard working landlady, she continued behind the bar at the Angel until the couple sold the venue in 2013.

Even while ill in hospital, Mrs Battisson focused her time helping others on the ward, often fetching them water and keeping spirits high.

Her funeral on August 17 was attended by a swathe of friends and family.

Mrs Battisson requested that instead of flowers, people donate to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, a charity she supported for many years.

More than £700 was raised in her memory.

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