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Landlady will endeavour to keep open Finningham's White Horse pub damaged in crash

A landlady says she will endeavour to keep her historic village pub open after it suffered damage in an early morning collision.

Lorna Doyle, of The White Horse, in Station Road, Finningham, said she heard an 'almighty bang' following the collision involving a mini Clubman and Ford transit van shortly before 7.40am yesterday (Thursday, December 20).

"I thought crikey that sounds like it's a vehicle coming through the side of my pub," she said.

Lorna Doyle with the damage. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Lorna Doyle with the damage. Picture: Mecha Morton.

"I checked the front door to find a vehicle pretty much in my pub and the second vehicle in the middle of the road.

"I ensured both drivers were okay which they were."

The 'snug' and the men's toilets are out of action and she expects it could take three months or more to repair the damage to the 15th Century pub, which is Grade II listed.

She said: "I'm going to endeavour to remain open and still do what I have to.

"Yesterday (Thursday) I got on with it. I had things to do.

"In the cold light of day, it's horrific. I didn't need any more stress.

"I didn't need one ounce of extra work to do but I've a lot of extra work to do."

Miss Doyle, who has run the pub for nearly five years, said she doesn't yet know how much it will cost to repair the damage.

Police said an ambulance was initially called to the collision, which was at the junction of Station Road and Wickham Road, but was requested to stand down.

The cross roads were partially blocked and the road cleared shortly before 8.15am.

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