Death of Burnley landlady Ellen

Ellen Heyes. (s)
Ellen Heyes. (s)
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A Burnley landlady who ran the Baltic Fleet for 20 years has died.

Ellen Heyes (79), who lived in Hurstwood, worked in the industry she loved for three decades and was described by her son Ray as a real “people person”.

Her foray into the pub trade began in the late 1960s when she started working part-time at the Crooked Billet, Worsthorne.

She then ran the Peels Arms, Gannow, before taking over at the Baltic Fleet around 1974.

“She just loved people,” said Ray. “She was so well-known and really popular, especially when she was running the Baltic Fleet during its heyday.”

Last November she celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary with husband Alan. The couple shared many happy memories according to Ray and were forever travelling the world together.

“She loved the pub but she was a real family person as well. Her and dad went everywhere together. They went to Hawaii, Las Vegas and spent quite a bit of time in America actually.

“She had a hard life but you would never hear her moaning.”

Mrs Heyes leaves husband Alan and sons Ray and Graham.