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Funeral is held for Mrs Brunel Rooms
Buy this photo » A horse-drawn funeral carriage carrying Ginette Roberts – known as Mrs Brunel Rooms – waits outside the club
RESPECTS were paid to Mrs Brunel Rooms yesterday as more than 200 mourners crammed into Kingsdown Crematorium.
Ginette Roberts died at Great Western Hospital on August 14 aged 63 after a battle with lymphoma.
She had worked as a cleaner at the town centre club since the 1970s and became an immensely popular figure around Rodbourne where she lived.
Mourners were encouraged to dress resplendently in pink for the occasion as donations were welcomed in Ginette’s memory to Breast Cancer Care.
With a bright pink coffin drawn by two black mares with pink plumage, the hearse paused outside the Brunel Rooms where Ginette had spent so much of her time, before making the journey through Rodbourne to the crematorium.
Entering the packed chapel, where even standing room was scarce, to Hey Ya! by Outkast, pallbearers filed past hundreds who kept fond memories of Ginette.
The opening hymn, All Things Bright and Beautiful, marked Ginette’s love of animals, particularly horses.
Reading the eulogy, her brother, Mike, said: “Unexpectedly I find my sister was a legend, a local celebrity.
“How many of us at our end would find we have more than 1,000 people on Facebook saying they remembered her or met her?
“She was a real people person. She knew everyone around her, and would run into someone after many years and remember everything about them. She would speak to someone and within minutes know everything about them, whether they were married or divorced, how many children they had and where they lived.”
Ginette’s eldest daughter, Wendy, also paid tribute to her mother.
“I am glad that my mother is on time for her own service today,” she said. “She was notoriously late for everything. The best thing to do if you had to meet her anywhere was tell her you would arrive half an hour early, and that way she would still be late, but fashionably late.
“There has been a void left in our lives, and Mum’s energy will never be replaced. I like to imagine her looking down on us, with Sandy Thom on the decks, Elvis singing, and her chatting backstage with Diana Dors.”
The service came to a close with Love me Tender by Elvis Presley, which Ginette sang to an Elvis impersonator on her 60th birthday, and In the Arms of an Angel by Jahmene Douglas.
Ronnie Young, former head doorman at the Brunel Rooms, also spoke fondly of Ginette.
“She was always at every function and event and turned up for everything,” he said. “She never had a bad word to say about anyone, and always had time for everybody.”
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