Stalwart of Morecambe and Carnforth pub trade dies, aged 102

Marjorie Holding on her 100th birthday.
Marjorie Holding on her 100th birthday.
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A longtime pub licensee who was close friends with Dame Thora Hird as a child has died in Bermuda, aged 102.

Marjorie Holding was a former proprietor of the Carnforth Hotel and the Queens Hotel in Carnforth.

The pub trade was quite literally in Marjorie’s blood, having been born in the Chieftain on Pedder Street in Morecambe in December 1912, the daughter of Charles and Gertrude Snelson.

She attended Miss Nelson’s school with Thora Hird who was a close friend and remembers Eric Morecambe going to the same school.

She often told stories of her theatrical family as her father sang with the Morecambe Amateurs and her sister Connie took the lead in Desert Song and other productions.

Marjorie owned a hairdressing salon at Stonewell, Lancaster and was one of the first in the area to be awarded a bronze efficiency badge for her proficiency and standard of workmanship in hair waving by Eugene Limited of Regent Street, London.

After marrying Frank Holding, she became joint proprietor of the Carnforth Hotel and also the Queens Hotel, living there during World War 2.

She retired to live at Hall Drive, Morecambe and enjoyed socialising with friends, especially at Lubin’s cafe.

She moved to live with her daughter Carole in Bermuda nine years ago and passed away after a bout of pneumonia.

Marjorie had two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Caroline.