Campaign to save The Limes

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ABOUT 100 people attended a meeting about the closure of a popular hotel, even though they only had 48 hours’ notice.

KPMG, joint administrators for the Elizabeth Hotels Group, announced last week that The Limes Hotel, in Needham Market, would close pending sale by auction next month.

The hotel, which stands in High Street, closed its doors on Monday, making 25 members of staff redundant.

But Needham-born businessman and town councillor Phil Wright, organised a meeting at the hotel on Saturday, using Twitter, Facebook and word of mouth to publicise it.

The meeting decided to send a letter to KPMG urging them to keep the hotel open as a going concern until it was sold.

Mr Wright said: “Nobody in their right minds closes a business before they sell it. It’s going to be an empty building, boarded up on the High Street, when it is auctioned.

“The hotel is extremely important to the community. It’s not just drinkers and diners who use it: local bands play there, a fishing club and women’s group meet there. If you want to meet anyone for business, you meet at The Limes.”

Allan Graham, from KPMG, said: “Following the successful sale of 13 hotels and 13 public houses which made up the original portfolio of properties in the Elizabeth Hotels group, we are disappointed to have to announce the closure of the remaining hotel.

“We have continued to trade the business since our appointment as administrators in December 2009, but have been unable to reach completion with any interested party for The Limes Hotel.

“The closure will unfortunately result in the redundancy of 25 members of staff, who have been informed of the decision.”