December 8 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 16, 2013
Tributes have been paid to a popular Great Yarmouth pub landlord who died after falling down the stairs.
Malcolm Wing, 64, ran The Feathers, in Market Gates Road, for more than three years and was well-known in the town.
And the grandfather’s tragic death last Friday has hit his family hard.
“It was a real shock to everyone,” said his daughter Nikki Lamb, 32. “There were mountains of cards upstairs.”
Mr Wing was found unconscious at the foot of the pub stairs on August 7 by his partner of 13 years Kirstie Gray, aged 36.
He was taken to the James Paget University Hospital (JPH), where he was in intensive care for two days.
Doctors said he would not recover from his injuries, and his life support machine was switched off last Friday.
At the opening of his inquest on Monday, coroner William Armstrong said Mr Wing had fractured his spine and suffered a brain injury.
And his family said he will be sadly missed.
“He was known for bad jokes,” said Mrs Lamb. “He was the life and soul of the party and was still having parties.
“He was always one to be surrounded by people and liked nothing better than holding court behind the bar telling jokes.”
Mr Wing was born in Norwich, but moved to Yarmouth at the age of six when his parents Frank and Joy took on the Westwick Hotel in Camperdown.
He went to Duncan Hall School in Scratby and then trained in catering at Yarmouth College, going on to work for his parents.
And when they passed away he took on the family business, transforming the summer season Westwick into the three-star Embassy hotel.
The hotel was a Yarmouth institution - with Sunday lunch at the Embassy renowned among locals - and Mr Wing put his all into it.
“I think it was just bred into him,” explained Mrs Lamb. “He was at home in the kitchen.”
After investing money into the hotel to transform it, Mr Wing ran into financial difficulties and went bankrupt in the early 1990s.
But never beaten, he launched into a career as pub landlord, managing pubs in Essex, Norwich, Haddiscoe and latterly The Feathers in Yarmouth.
He also worked at Seashore holiday camp as catering manager for a time.
And he was also keen to pass on his hospitality skills to the next generation, teaching at Yarmouth College and City College Norwich.
His partner Miss Gray said: “He was a right laugh.
“He was well-known for his cooking as he was a chef with many certificates.”
He was instrumental in founding an annual catering exhibition in Great Yarmouth, and judged competitions at Yarmouth College.
Mr Wing leaves behind his partner Kirstie, children Nikki and Ben, 34, granddaughters Lottie, two, and Isobel, one, and his sister Barbara Freeman.
His funeral will be held at Gorleston Crematorium on Tuesday, August 27 at 10.40am.
The wake will be held at The Feathers.