There was an article in The Sun this morning that noted that Denise D'Courtenay, the owner of the Queen Anne (strip) pub, in Vauxhall (it's the bright orange one on Vauxhall Walk) was murdered whilst taking her annual holiday in the Dominican Republic. According to the Mail, her body was found a week after she went missing. Her death is particularly tragic since she was due to retire next month.
According to the Sun, the pub was a haunt for "footballers, soap stars and rappers", which is somewhat surprising since I've always thought it looked a little intimidating from the outside (that's probably always the case when it's somebody else's local). Anyhow, our area being what it is, I'm sure Denise was well known and loved by the patrons of the pub and other business owners. Please feel free to leave any memories of Denise or the pub in the comments section.
Also, see August 2010 article re. the pub turning into the Tea house theatre, and there's a photo of the sign outside (thanks Twitter) that indicates it will re-open in April 2011.
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