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Chip shop legend Connie Brown, 102, dies in Pembroke

Connie Brown
Constance Brown MBE was still serving lunch customers last week

Connie Brown, who was still working aged 102 at the fish and chip shop she opened with her late husband more than 80 years earlier, has died.

Mrs Brown, who was awarded an MBE in 2006, was serving at Brown's cafe in Pembroke, until only last week.

She and husband Sidney opened the shop in 1928, offering bags of chips for a half penny.

Mrs Brown died in hospital. Family say it was the first time in her life she had been admitted.

Her daughter-in-law Glenys said she died in hospital on Thursday, a day after being admitted.

In May last year, Mrs Brown told how a typical working day began at 9am with her preparing the fish for the day, with her cooking and serving customers until 2.30pm.

In 2006, she was awarded an MBE for services to business and the community of Pembroke.

She described meeting the Queen to receive her MBE as "the biggest day in my life".

Pembroke mayor Pearl Llewellyn described Mrs Brown as a "remarkable lady who will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew her."

Motorcycle ride

She said: "Mrs Brown was very proud of Pembroke and due to her hard work and commitment to her family business for so many years, she brought a great deal of welcome publicity to the town."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Councillor Llewellyn said she expected it to be "the biggest funeral this town would ever see".

She said: "Even if they don't go to the church, they should be in the streets."

She said the last public event Mrs Brown took part in was a charity procession around the town by dozens of motorcyclists.

Mrs Brown was in the lead machine, a three-wheeled motorcycle, wrapped up in a blanket and wearing leathers and crash helmet.

Councillor Llewellyn said: "The smile on her face, you'd never forget it."

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