Tunstall pub The Furlong mourns loss of landlord Mick Webb
A POPULAR pub landlord has died just three months after being diagnosed with cancer.
Mick Webb, who ran The Furlong, in Tunstall, died last Thursday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
The father-of-four had just returned from a holiday to France when he died at home with his family around him.
The 54-year-old was a familiar face at the Furlong Road pub, which he had run with wife Jackie for almost 13 years, and was known for his passion for food and flair in the kitchen.
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He was a keen chef and a handyman and had recently travelled to the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races to watch his favourite sport.
And he was well-known among regulars at the pub for his saying: 'I'll have a try,' which meant he wanted a pint of Carlsberg.
His wife Jackie today paid tribute to Mick whom she described as 'Gordon Ramsey the second'.
The 49-year-old said: "He was very obsessive about his work. He wanted everything just so. In the kitchen he would get a bit hot-headed because he was so over-passionate about the food. It was a running joke between us.
"We have a lot of regular customers. We are a real community pub and Mick used to love the banter with everyone.
"It was difficult for him at times, but he never lost his sense of humour."
Before Mick took over The Furlong he worked at H&R Johnson Tiles, in Tunstall, as a team leader.
After taking the helm he carried out various extensions to the pub as well as introducing food and regular quiz nights.
Mick's father-in-law Les Worthington, aged 64, from Chell, said: "Mick was a fantastic bloke, everybody loved him. The doctors gave him three months to live and he just about made it. He had deteriorated a lot in the past few weeks but he was still laughing and joking to the very end.
"He had to stop working when he got his diagnosis and it was really frustrating for him because he liked always being on the move."
Mother-in-law Teresa Worthington, aged 74, said: "I can just see Mick behind the bar, that's where people knew and loved him. He was a brilliant chef and built the pub up into what it is today."
Brother-in-law Ian Prescott, aged 51, also of Chell, added: "Mick worked long hours because he was so passionate. The Furlong is a real testament to his and Jackie's hard work."
The family would like to thank nurses at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice for their care.
Mick's funeral is on October 10 at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Tunstall at 11.45am.
The Furlong will be closed as a tribute during the service.