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Tributes to pub landlady Nora Wainman
8:29am Saturday 21st April 2012 in Pints of View
A MUCH-LOVED landlady of a pub near Selby – said to have pulled millions of pints in her career – has died at the age of 95.
Nora Wainman, who was born on April Fools' Day in 1917, ran The Wheatsheaf in Burn for 27 years and also worked in a number of other pubs. Her son Robert, who worked alongside her at The Wheatsheaf for eight years, said she was born for the role.
Mr Wainman said: “She really had beer in her veins.
“She was born in Blackpool and used to go past the back of the Tower with her mother, and at five-years-old used to ask ‘what’s that lovely smell?’. It was the back of the tower pub, with the smell of the beer drifting out.”
As a young girl, Mrs Wainman had a love of acting, but took to working in her first pub, the Eagle And Child at Auckley, near Doncaster, close to Finningley Aerodrome, just before the Second World War.
When her father, John Gill, died in 1958, few women ran pubs, but she took over the Wheatsheaf in Burn with her husband Stan in 1960, and stayed there until 1986.
Mr Wainman said: “I’ve calculated that from the 1930s, mum must have pulled about three million pints of beer.
“Mum always believed very strongly that a pub should be a place where people of all walks of life, irrespective of occupation, money, age or status can mix happily together.”
After retiring from the pub trade, Mrs Wainman enjoyed travelling with her son around the country, despite being confined to a wheelchair for the last two years.
Mr Wainman said: “She loved people, and someone said she was an eternal optimist. She was just lovely, and will be missed.”
Mrs Wainman’s funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, Riccall, on Monday, at 11pm, followed by drinks at The Hare And Hounds.