THE son of a cafe owner who was tragically murdered 20 years ago has backed plans for a memorial in Barrow.

Danny Fu was just 20 years old studying at university when he was told his mum, Lai Yo Fu (Shirley), was fighting for her life in hospital.

Mrs Fu, who owned the Round House on Walney, had been attacked by an employee in February 2000.

After she tragically died, Mr Fu left the country for more than a decade, only returning to Barrow every year or so with his family to pay tribute to his mum.

Mr Fu, now 40, returned to the Round House with his wife and baby girl to remember the life his mum left behind.

“It felt right that we went there 20 years later,” he said.

“She spent more than half her life in Walney, so it only felt right going back to the place she loved so much.

“It’s been a very emotional few days because there are so many memories here. I spent the first ten years of my life in the Round House, playing on the beach and the outdoor swimming pool. It was like home to me.”

Mr Fu said the Round House, which is now a cafe and community centre, is continuing her legacy of giving back to the community.

“She would be so proud of what the Round House is today,” he said. "Mum loved charity work and always hosted an event every month or so.”

To mark 20 years since her death, the hub posted a tribute in her memory.

“After the tribute, I had about 400-500 messages from people who knew my mum and had warm words to say about her,” Mr Fu said.

“I couldn’t believe the reaction. Messages from pot-washers, neighbours, staff, friends, even the nurses who treated her that night in hospital have got in touch. It’s really touched me.”

Mr Fu said he would like a memorial plaque or bench to be installed.

“It’s just the early stages yet, but after seeing how well-loved mum was in the community, it feels only right for a plaque or bench to be there for people to visit,” he said.

“Everyone should be able to pay their respects at the place she loved so much."