One of the Canaries' oldest fans dies

Michael Pollitt, obituaries editorA staunch Canaries' fan, Elsie Browne, has died peacefully aged 101 at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.Michael Pollitt, obituaries editor

A staunch Canaries' fan, Elsie Browne, has died peacefully aged 101 at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Originally from Wymondham, she had lived at Doughty's Hospital in Golden Dog Lane, Norwich for more than 30 years.

And on her 100th birthday, the then Lord Mayor of Norwich, Jeremy Hooke, joined the family celebrations on December 17, 2008.

The former railway timekeeper suggested that cycling between Norwich and her former home at Saxlingham Thorpe helped to keep her fit. And, she confessed, enjoying an occasional tot of brandy was the secret of a long life.


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She had moved to Saxlingham Thorpe when she married her late husband George in 1930. Mrs Browne, who still followed the fortunes of Norwich City, used to walk from the bus station to Thorpe in all weathers to see them at their old ground, The Nest.

She is survived by her sisters, Dolly and Pearl, and nephew Derek and niece, Carol.

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A funeral service will be held at Wymondham Abbey on Thursday, April 15, 2pm.

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