Tributes flood in for popular pub landlady

Salisbury Journal: Lynda Shutler Lynda Shutler

A WELL-known pub landlady has died at the age of 62.

Lynda Shutler, former landlady of The Royal Oak, North Gorley died last Friday, leaving behind a large family and “an enormous number of friends”.

She was born Lynda Joy Fielding near Bath in December 1950 and her early days were spent there with her family.

They later moved to Amesbury, where she attended secondary school.

In 1976 she first met Colin Shutler, later to become her husband, as he was delivering milk to the family home. It was not until many years later that they started courting and were married in Ringwood in March 1997.

The newlyweds set up home in Fordingbridge and then Blissford. In 2001, they moved to Avonside Farm and worked together on the farm and an agricultural lorry business.

Lynda was an accomplished chef and for some time worked in The George in Fordingbridge, later becoming landlady of The Royal Oak.

The Royal Oak’s current landlord Brian Currie said: “Lynda was blessed with striking good looks which she retained for her entire life.

“She was kind-hearted, a friend of many but not shy to express forthright views. The word ‘feisty’ could have been invented for her.

“She will be sadly missed by her many friends, beloved husband Colin, children Sheriden, Natasha, Tina , Frazer, Ben, Philip, Graham and her grandchildren.”

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