STAFF at the last place where Pauline Whitfield was seen alive today paid tribute to the tragic gran.
A six-day search for the 63-year-old, who was last seen at the Mecca Bingo in South Shields last Thursday night, ended yesterday.
Her body was found on cliffs at Frenchman’s Bay, South Shields, and recovered by a search party.
Police formally identified the body as Mrs Whitfield this morning, and informed the coroner of her death.
Mrs Whitfield was a regular at the Mecca in Dean Road, and staff had spent the last week worrying about her.
Today, general manager Paul Webb paid tribute to the “happy-go-lucky” customer.
He said: “Pauline was a well-known and well-liked customer.
“Since she went missing, customers and staff have been doing all they can to try to spread the word about her disappearance.
“We heard yesterday afternoon that a body had been found and we were all devastated.
“We’re like a family at the club and when we lose someone it’s like losing a loved one, we’re that close here.
“She was a lovely, happy-go-lucky woman and I want to offer my condolences to her family.”