Farewell to club queen Joyce, 70

A SHEFFIELD woman who ran one of the city's biggest and most successful working men's clubs during its heyday years has died at the age of 70.

Joyce Ripley who, with her husband Keith, ran the Dial House Social Club in Wisewood between 1969 and 1976, died in the Lord Hardy Court Care Home in Rawmarsh, Rotherham, following a long illness.

During the Ripleys' time at the club beer was 14p per pint and the country's top artistes ensured the place was packed every night.

After leaving the club in 1976 Joyce and Keith took over The Admiral Rodney pub in Loxley Road, Loxley, and remained there as custodians for 12 years.

In 1988 the couple moved to The Shoulder of Mutton in Top Road, Worrall, where they worked until retirement in 1999.

Joyce's funeral will take place at 3.30pm tomorrow at Grenoside Crematorium.

Friends and family will gather afterwards at Whitley Hall in Elliott Lane, Grenoside.

As well as husband Keith, Joyce leaves a son, Jason - a pro golfer at Rother Valley Country Park - and a daughter, Lee, who works as a scientist in Cheltenham.

She also leaves three grandchildren - Georgina, Josh and Rhiyan.

Lee said: "Mum will be known to many as a very glamorous person. She was a very well known and popular lady who always wanted to give rather than take."

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