LANDLORD stops £70k pub revamp

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PLANS to pump £70,000 into a town centre pub have been put on hold by its owners.

Greene King announced in July that it would be closing the Duke of Wellington in Thetford Road, Brandon, to invest in the Five Bells, in Market Hill.

But, just a day after the Duke of Wellington closed its doors for the final time, the pub giant announced that the promised refurbishment of the Five Bells had been postponed.

A spokeswoman said: “We recently carried out a review of our pub estate in Brandon and took the difficult decision to sell the Duke of Wellington as it had become unviable as a business.

“As part of this review we had also planned to invest in a refurbishment for the Five Bells, also situated in the town.

“We can confirm that this proposed investment has been put on hold while we continue to develop a planned schedule of refurbishments across all our pubs in the UK.”

She added that the Five Bells was still open for business and invited the Duke of Wellington’s customers to the town centre pub.

Work on the Five Bells is yet to begin.

The Duke of Wellington closed last weekend, with customers and employees voicing their regrets for the closure on the pub’s Facebook page.

Jim Howard said on the page: “Had a great weekend in The Duke, sadly the last. It always felt like home, where you could relax with fantastic friends.

“It will sorely be missed, but always remembered with the fondest of memories.”

Pictures from the last weekend were also posted on the site.

The pub has now been boarded up and a decision on a change of licensing is thought to be imminent.