THE FORMER landlady of a Romsey pub who helped to form the annual Beggars Fair has passed away aged 91.

Marty Blincoe was well-known in Romsey for more than 40 years.

The former landlady of the Tudor Rose between 1972 and 1991, supplied hospitality, beer and home-made food to those visiting the pub.

Marty also helped to found the Romsey Society and the Beggars Fair festival, which now takes every year in the summer.

Marty grew up in Surrey and served in the Fleet Air Arm, marrying husband Joe after the war.

Following two years in Australia, they lived in Haslemere, and nine years later moved to Plymouth before arriving in Southampton. They finally settled in Romsey in 1972.

An obituary written by Marty’s children said: “Marty met all the changes in her life with creativity, courage and great energy. She will be sorely missed by her two children, seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.”

Marty also organised a number of charity fundraisers at the Tudor Rose.