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'England's oldest barmaid' Joyce Leyshon, 90, still pulling pints at The Crown Inn in Lincoln

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

Joyce Leyshon, 90, behind the bar at The Crown Inn in Baggholme Road, Lincoln

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A great grandmother believed to be England's oldest barmaid is still pulling pints aged 90.

But Joyce Leyshon, from The Crown Inn, in Baggholme Road, Lincoln, has no plans to retire.

The former WREN has spent 64 years in the trade, including running a nightclub in Cyprus.

In Lincoln she has worked at the Green Dragon, the Duke of Wellington and the Joiners Arms.

"I've been working here 10 years, I'm still going strong and I have no plans to retire," said Joyce, of Avondale Street, Lincoln, who has three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and turned 90 on January 16.

"I can't afford any new knickers at the moment so I will have to ask the landlord for a pay rise. It's such good fun working here and it gets me out the house.

"At one time customers would ask for Harvey Wallbangers, now it's Disaronno."

Landlady Cindy Burn, 58, said Joyce has been a real inspiration in her cancer fight. "Joyce has had cancer three times and beat it," she said. "She helps me out when I'm poorly and we have a laugh together. She's like a mother to me. I love her."

Landlord Bramwell Burn, 65, said: "She's one of the loveliest ladies you could ever meet. What you have to realise is when I'm dead and buried in about 30 years' time she'll still be here."

Regular Austin May, 50, from St Giles, said: "It's always a great laugh to be in the pub when Joyce is behind the bar.

"She's just Joyce. She's always the same."

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  • peeunit  |  January 18 2013, 12:39PM

    I hope I look that good at 90, What face cream is she using!!

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  • Phil1W  |  January 17 2013, 10:44PM

    Betty T u r p i n. How could T u r p i n flout any rules???

  • Phil1W  |  January 17 2013, 10:05PM

    T u r p i n

  • LincolnFran  |  January 17 2013, 7:40PM

    Phil this is intriguing please spell the word out with a space between each letter so we don#t get a load of *** (assuming it doesn't flout the rules of the website)

  • Phil1W  |  January 17 2013, 3:56PM

    ******, ******, ******,****** and ******!

  • Phil1W  |  January 17 2013, 2:55PM

    I wonder if someone from "thisislincolnshire" could explain why in my comment "******" has turned into a row of stars. It is not a swear word or anything like so please explain!

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  • Phil1W  |  January 17 2013, 2:44PM

    It will be interesting now to see if any other 90+ yr old bar staff come forward as in "Corrie" when Betty ****** was claimed to be the oldest barmaid. Either way, a belated happy birthday to Joyce.

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  • LincolnFran  |  January 17 2013, 11:05AM

    Wow what an achievement. This lady certainly doesn't look anywhere near her age!

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