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Bury St Edmunds landlady calls time on pub

The Queen's Head family, Kevin and Jan Rutherford, Poppy-Lee Nicolson, Tracy and Mark Nicolson and Liam Kearney

The Queen's Head family, Kevin and Jan Rutherford, Poppy-Lee Nicolson, Tracy and Mark Nicolson and Liam Kearney

Landlady Jan Rutherford is planning a weekend-long party to celebrate retiring from her pub in Bury St Edmunds after more than 27 years.

The Queen’s Head, in Churchgate Street, has been sold and will be changing hands on July 14.

Jan, one of three generations of her family working at the pub, said a fire there around 18 months ago was ‘the final straw’.

Watching her ‘business go up in smoke’ left her emotionally scarred, as did having to fund the repairs herself when she did not receive an insurance payout.

She said: “I have lots of happy memories but I think it’s time I moved on.

“Of course I’m going to be sad because this is my life and it has been for the last 28 years – I work every day from morning to night.

“It’s a big, big part of my heart, but leaving’s a good thing for me and my family.”

The 57-year-old plans to return to her Middlesbrough roots before making a start on her ‘bucket list,’ which will see her tour the wine regions of France, Northern Spain, Italy and Greece, before travelling through South East Asia and India.

All of the pub’s customers and staff – both past and present – are invited to bid farewell to Jan and her family during their last weekend at the pub, with celebrations planned to take place there from Friday to Sunday, July 11 to 13.

Jan said the couple taking over, Tracey Cooke and Christopher Murphy, plan to run the pub with a similar theme, but also have some new ideas.

The former landlords of The Hole In The Wall, Colchester, are planning to offer real ales and home-cooked food alongside a warm, friendly welcome.

“They’re a very personable couple, so people will still get the personal touch,” said Jan.

 

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