Mum died at bottom of pub cellar while decorating boozer for daughter’s birthday

A mum who went to decorate a function room in a Carmarthenshire pub for her daughter's 50th birthday party tragically died after falling into the cellar.

Olwen Collier, of Penygroes, Llanelli, went to the Stag and Pheasant in Llandeilo Road, Carmel, on Thursday, January 12, to prepare for her daughter Allison Raymond's birthday celebrations.

The 69-year-old was put into an induced coma by paramedics before being airlifted to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff, where she died on Monday, January 16.

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Police carried out initial inquiries into the incident and it is now under investigation by Carmarthenshire Council health and safety officers.

Recalling the accident, Ms Collier's daughter Allison told WalesOnline: "My mum went to the pub looking to set it up for my 50th birthday surprise when an accident happened. She went into the bar and told the landlord she was there to decorate the room.

"Mammy was unfamiliar with the pub and pushed on an outer door which was open and fell down into the cellar, which had hard concrete at the bottom.

"I had a phone call from my son to say my mother had fallen. I thought she had just broken her leg or something like that, but when I arrived I could see the severity of it. The paramedics came and an air ambulance came and she was airlifted to hospital in Cardiff.

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"She was put in an induced coma outside the pub. We were told that the next 72 hours would be critical but we knew by the Saturday that there was not much hope."

She said the family was still in "disbelief", adding: "I can't comprehend what's happened. I can't accept the fact she is not going to come home. Mammy was such an outgoing person. She was still running her own business, she ran Bizzie Lizzies Cafe in Gorseinon for 35 years with Sam Booth.

"She was fit and healthy and she would do lots of charity work. I just can't get my head around it. It's horrendous. We're still in disbelief. I feel quite sick that she died in that way."

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: "We attended the Stag and Pheasant in Carmel shortly before 5.40pm on Thursday, January 12, after passing officers were flagged down by relatives of a woman who had fallen down the cellar of the pub.

"Sadly, the 69-year-old later died in hospital. Officers have carried out initial enquiries and have shared material with the local authority’s health and safety officers, who are investigating the matter.”

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