‘I used to love getting battered Mars Bars from her’ – Tributes pour in for ‘Chippy Sue’ who ran Stoke-on-Trent takeaway


Tributes have poured in for a former takeaway owner known fondly as ‘Chippy Sue’ after she passed away at her Milton home.

Susan Eardley was well known for running Fegg Hayes Chippy alongside husband Les for around 14 years after they bought the business in 1992.

They later sold the popular takeaway, which was on the corner of Fegg Hayes Road and Oxford Road. It was later knocked down to make way for new homes as part of the controversial Renew North Staffordshire scheme.

Now friends and former customers of the chippy have paid heartfelt tributes to Sue who died last month.

Les and Susan Eardley

The 65-year-old had been diagnosed with two brain tumours in February. She had a major brain operation a week later and received physiotherapy and chemotherapy before losing her fight for life.

Her funeral was held at Carmountside Crematorium on August 20. She leaves behind husband Les, children Claire and Lee, and grandchildren Jack, Maisy and Jenson.

Gemma Louise Hancock said Susan’s death was ‘very sad.’ She said: “Sue and Les were my first bosses at 14 and I loved working for them. Lovely people. Sorry for the loss.”

While Nathan Cookson said she was a lovely lady. He said: “She used to come in the Cobblers in Burslem and tell me about the bargains she had recently bought. I hope now you are pain free , RIP.”

And Bethany Louise wrote on Facebook: “A beautiful person inside and out and very much missed. You could meet her for five minutes and it was like you’d known her forever. My heart hurts for you all, I know how much you must miss her. She will be so proud of you all for how you’ve handled everything.”

Susan Grocutt recalled the laughs. She said: “I’ll never forget the laughs we had when Sue was a patient in ward 18. She made sure she could get around even with a broken leg. RIP Sue you’ll never be forgotten,” and Angliars JaseTrc Benton said: “I used to love getting my Mars Bar from Sue. A great woman – so polite and helpful too.”

Susan with her daughter Claire Abella
Mother-and-daughter Susan Eardley and Claire Abella

Earlier this week, Susan’s daughter Claire Eardley, paid tribute to her mum.

She said: “Years ago, my mum and dad used to own Fegg Hayes Chippy. They had it for years and years. She was known in Fegg Hayes and Chell Heath, even though we lived in Milton.

“She was always dressing up behind the counter and always up for a laugh. She was a massive character.

“The one word I would use for my mum is ‘selfless’. She is one of those women who bakes for everybody in the street. She was famous for her cheese pies. She would do anything for anybody.

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“It didn’t matter where you were, she knew someone. She loved going on holiday. My mum and dad have been so lucky to travel to some beautiful places in the world.

“Even if she met you for five minutes she is one of those women you would remember for the rest of your life.”

Susan had asked for money to be raised for Brain Tumour Support – a research charity offering support and advice to cancer patients – before her death.





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