The owner of Great Yarmouth's renowned market chip stall, Docwra's, has died at the age of 65.

The family of Norma Docwra announced the news through the stall's Facebook page, describing her as "the warmest and caring woman" following her death after battling health issues.

Mrs Docwra opened the stall in 2003 which went on to become a favourite destination for locals and holidaymakers alike due to its tasty chips and warm and friendly welcome.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Norma Docwra, of Great Yarmouth, has died aged 65Norma Docwra, of Great Yarmouth, has died aged 65 (Image: Katie Docwra)

The statement written by one of her three children said: "It with the heaviest of hearts I sadly have to announce the passing of my beautiful mother and owner of Docwra’s Chip Stall.

"Behind the shutters of the stall, Norma was a mother of three and grandmother of two.

"She was the best mum and grandmother anyone could ask for and was the warmest and most caring woman at work and at home.

"Norma worked hard all her life and she gave everything 110pc."

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Norma Docwra was visited by Ainsley Harriott and Grace Dent recently as part of a Channel 4 showNorma Docwra was visited by Ainsley Harriott and Grace Dent recently as part of a Channel 4 show (Image: Best of Britain by the Sea)

Mrs Docwra had suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for many years but the illness had progressed rapidly in the last six months.

She died surrounded by her family and the stall on the market place will be closed for a couple of days out of respect by her family.

The statement continued: "Rest in peace, my darling mother."

More than 170 people had commented and paid their respects on the stall's Facebook page as of Tuesday afternoon with people calling Mrs Docwra "a wonderful lady" and "a lovely lady".

According to food critic Grace Dent and chef Ainsley Harriott, the chip stall was one of the best spots to be found in the region.

Docwra's Chip Stall was named among the 20 best places to eat along the coast by the pair last year.

Writing for The Times 'foodies' guide', the TV personalities said the stall serves up "Great Yarmouth's best chips" and the secret to its success was because the chips are "fried in beef dripping".

People are asked to leave roses by the stall to pay their respects to Mrs Docwra.