A Bury St Edmunds couple, who have run a town centre pub for three decades, have received a special award from the Campaign for Real Ale.
The West Suffolk and Borders branch of CAMRA has recognised Tony and Liz Fayers’ long service at the Rose and Crown in Whiting Street with a specially-created award.
It has also presented them with a trophy for town community pub of the year and acknowledged their nomination for pub of the year in 2016.
Martin Bate, branch chairman, said: “We always applaud pubs which are at the heart of their community and Liz and Tony have placed the Rose and Crown exactly there for three decades now.
“Their long-standing entry in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide reflects the quality and variety of real ales they serve to consistently high quality.
“Their long service to the customers and the industry merits huge praise. All three of these awards are hugely well-deserved and recognise their dedication to the local community and CAMRA’s aims – we were delighted to present Liz and Tony with them.”
Liz, licensee of the Greene King-owned pub, said: “We are proud to be a traditional pub which offers something different and we are grateful to CAMRA for these awards.
“It is very much a partnership between Tony and myself, but it is not all about us, it is about our customers, too.
“It has been a long time, but we both still enjoy it and we do feel a proper community pub. We always know when our regular customers’ birthdays are and we host dominos, darts and crib teams.
“People like to ask when we are retiring, but we plan to be around for a while longer yet. For me it’s actually over 40 years because I worked here when my father was in charge of the pub.”