Beryl Oldacre, Britain’s longest serving street walker has finally hung up her fishnet support tights and laid down, for once, to rest.
Beryl, 93, was a familiar sight in her favourite Chelmsford underpass around the back of the council offices, and put her longevity down to a nip of whiskey before going out, always avoiding lorry drivers and never visiting Ipswich.
John Smith of Epping was a loyal and satisfied customer. ‘I saw Beryl for nigh on 40 years, man and boy,’ he said. ‘She’d do anything to please her regulars; proper old school, right to the end. And she didn’t charge extra when she took her teeth out.’
Her funeral is to be held at the town’s crematorium on Monday afternoon. Mourners are requested not to bring flowers, but discreetly slip a £20 note under the lid of the coffin.