Well known wartime pub landlady dies at age of 95

Nora Gill
Nora Gill

tributes have been paid to a popular landlady who served up drinks to RAF servicemen during the Second World War.

Nora Gill, who worked at The Eagle and Child in Auckley from 1937 to 1958 died at the age of 95.

The Eagle and Child was a popular drinking establishment for hundreds of airmen situated at nearby RAF Finningley.

Speaking about his mum, who married to become Nora Wainman, son Robert Wainman, 55, said: “She wasn’t just a glass is half full person, she was a glass overflowing person.

“She was in the pub trade for 50 years, I think it was in her blood. She loved the smell of beer even from being a small child growing up in Blackpool near a brewery.

“She used to tell me stories of working in the pub during the war and the atmosphere just sounded amazing.

“People will remember her with great affection. She was incredibly glamorous when she was younger she never went anywhere without a pair of four inch heels on.”

Mrs Wainman died on April 7. Her funeral takes places on Monday at St Mary’s Church in Church Street, Riccall, Selby from 11am.