Chip shop owner Doreen dies

Doreen Brandwood (s)
Doreen Brandwood (s)
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A Burnley great-grandmother who ran chip shops with her husband for many years has died at the age of 78.

Mrs Doreen Brandwood, of Lower Mead Drive, Queensgate, died last Wednesday .

Mrs Brandwood, who was born in Bury and moved to Burnley in 1968, was best known for serving up fish and chips behind the counter at premises in Waterbarn Street and Parliament Street alongside her husband Andy.

Once the couple retired more than 20 years ago they enjoyed foreign travel and took many holidays to Majorca and Tenerife in Spain.

Mrs Brandwood’s daughter Susan Parker (59), who lives in Alberta, Canada, said her mum’s work in the chip shops meant she was known by people across town.

“Everybody said she was a wonderful woman. She was always really busy, she was always doing something. She loved going out and seeing her friends.

“I was over last year and I got on the bus to go into town. My mum waved me off and all the people on the bus waved back because they knew her.”

Mrs Brandwood, who enjoyed reading and walking, used to visit Susan and her family in Canada once a year where she also has two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

“She used to love coming over to Canada,” added Susan.

“She came every year. I think that’s what she spent her money on, coming to see me. She spent a month with me last August.

“The last few years, I think she was a bit lonely. She and my dad were like two peas in a pod until he died around 17 years ago. They lived and worked together and I think she missed that.”