Cider leak strikes Bury St Edmunds flood-hit shop

Mayor Terry Clements with the staff of Loft and Spires at the reopening of the shop at the start of November PICTURE: Mecha Morton
Mayor Terry Clements with the staff of Loft and Spires at the reopening of the shop at the start of November PICTURE: Mecha Morton

A Bury St Edmunds shop that reopened only two and half weeks ago after recovering from two floods is now dealing with a leak of cider from the pub above it.

Loft and Spires, which is under Wetherspoons in the former Corn Exchange, was forced to close for about four months after flood damage caused by burst pipes at the pub.

The shop, which is owned by Romy Abraham and her partner Julian Milton, has only just got back on track following a refurbishment.

Today however, the couple could not believe it when they heard that cider was dripping through the ceiling.

Romy said: “We are just devastated, having only just opened and now this has happened again after being forced to close the last time.

“It is our busiest time of the year too.”

Staff have put down buckets to contain the cider which is dripping through two light fittings and the shop remains open.

A St Edmundsbury Borough Council spokeswoman said: “Our Economic Development team contacted the business when we learned through the Bury Free Press of a second leak and are working with our property team.

“As on the previous occasion, the leak is the responsibility of Wetherspoons, who told Loft and Spires of the new issue and are carrying out work to fix it.

“Although we own the building, we are not the immediate landlord, but as a responsible authority we have been in touch with the owners to make sure they are supported and remain open during this busy time of the year as well as being aware of who best to talk to if a similar issue happens again.”

The Bury Free Press has contacted Wetherspoons for comment.