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Pub regulars mourn the "old school" landlord

PUBLISHED: 15:35 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:25 11 August 2010

A POPULAR Dagenham pub landlord has died after losing his battle with stomach cancer. Dave Allen, 66, took over The Eastbrook in Dagenham Road, in 1997, and soon turned it into one of the most popular pubs in the borough. He became the first live-in landl

A POPULAR Dagenham pub landlord has died after losing his battle with stomach cancer.

Dave Allen, 66, took over The Eastbrook in Dagenham Road, in 1997, and soon turned it into one of the most popular pubs in the borough.

He became the first live-in landlord after a long line of managers, but had to hand over day-to-day running of the business to his son, Greg in 1998, when his health problems began.

Despite this he continued to play an active role in the life of The Eastbrook.

Four years ago he contracted cancer, and although a series of drugs seemed to be successfully beating the disease, his health deteriorated over the last year. He passed away on April 25 surrounded by his family.

Greg, 40, said: "He was a larger than life character - one of the 'old school.' Even though I was running the pub I still felt like he was my boss.

"He was my best mate as well as my dad. He was a giver; he'd rather give something than to receive."

Mr Allen was born in Newham, and had run pubs for the last 25 years, including The Ferndale in Beckton, The White Horse in East Ham, and the Prince of Wales in Custom House.

His death came weeks after The Eastbrook won an award from pub group, Brakspear for their work raising money for charity.

Dave Allen's funeral service and burial took place in Southend last week.


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