ONE of Leigh's best known publicans has died at the age of 86.

Mrs Gladys Meadows, of Stringer Street, ran the Live and Let Live, the Queens Arms Hotel and the Boars Head with her late husband Harry.

After retirement she helped with relief duties at The Courts Hotel and will be sadly missed by her sisters, their families and friends.

A friend said: "As a landlady she was the best. She was a wonderful woman with an outstanding personality and despite working in the pubs I never heard her swear. I shall miss her."