TRIBUTES have poured in for the “Poulton princess” who has died following a battle with stomach cancer.
Emily Hall died last Tuesday night, aged 91.
The pensioner was renowned in Poulton for her patriotic spirit and for showing her support for Blackpool FC.
Friends of Mrs Hall are now starting a collection to pay for her funeral, saying she would have loved a big affair.
Lynn Ratcliffe, from The Breck Club, Breck Rd, Poulton, said: “She was very well known. Everybody will have a story about her.”
The former nurse was known for decorating the railings in front of her Chappel Street cottage with flags and toys to celebrate occasions.
A collection is taking place in businesses around Poulton, including the Thatched House, Age UK and Royle Estate Agents to pay for Mrs Hall’s funeral.
They hope to have a horse and carriage carrying her coffin to the service at Poulton Methodist Church on August 28.
Mrs Hall had recently raffled off her teddy collection at The Breck Club, raising £280 for Trinity Hospice, where she had received care.
Friends hope to present the cheque to the hospice later this month, adding to it any surplus from the funeral collection.
Theresa Eaves, manager at Age UK shops in Market Place, Poulton, said: “She was a legend in town. She was always laughing and smiling, and had a marvellous singing voice.”
Mrs Hall was raised in an orphanage in Cornwall before moving north with her husband, who died early on in their marriage.
She never had children or remarried, prompting friends to organise the funeral.