A Bury St Edmunds pub is to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party where customers will share their memories - including a woman who named the venue in a Bury Free Press competition.
The Macebearer, in Home Farm Lane, will host a 1970’s themed fancy dress bash on June 21 to celebrate the landmark and bosses are calling for memorabilia and stories for regulars to share a drink over.
Among those invited to the party is Shirley Pattle, who chose the pub’s name after entering a competition organised by Greene King through the Bury Free Press.
She picked the name to commemorate the merger of what was then West and East Suffolk authorities, which saw Bury lose its status as a county town but also its macebearer.
Mrs Pattle, a former nurse, said she came up with it after noticing several roads on the Nowton estate were named after former mayors and thought the macebearer should be acknowledged.
On the legacy she has left to the community, she said: “I’m overwhelmed - whoever thought 40 years later they would still remember.”
Ian Davey, pub manager since 2008, who also expects a few former landlords to attend, said: “We wanted to bring everybody together and felt that gathering stories and mementoes of the pub’s past was a great way to kick-strat the Macebearer’s ruby anniversary. I would love to meet people who have a connection to when the pub opened; maybe I can meet the first customer to have been served a pint all those years ago.”
To kick off the celebrations, Greene King invested a ‘five figure sum’ into the pub and transformed it into one of its newest brands ‘Meet & Eat’.
New seating has been installed, the garden area revamped and the pub redecorated.
Jonathan Webster, managing director for Greene King Local Pubs, said: “The community was heavily involved when the pub first opened so what a great way of getting everybody together once again.”
The party starts at 8.30pm.