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Village pub shuts suddenly as landlady quits

PUBLISHED: 14:45 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 08:33 12 March 2020

The Jolly Farmers in Ormesby St Margaret has shut suddenly Picture: Liz Coates

The Jolly Farmers in Ormesby St Margaret has shut suddenly Picture: Liz Coates

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A mother and daughter duo have reluctantly quit a village pub saying they have loved their time behind the pumps.

The Jolly Farmers in Ormesby St Margaret has shut suddenly Picture: Liz CoatesThe Jolly Farmers in Ormesby St Margaret has shut suddenly Picture: Liz Coates

Caroline Dack and her daughter Megan Gowen put a sign outside The Jolly Farmers in Ormesby St Margaret on Monday (March 9) saying the pub would be closed until further notice and thanking customers for their support.

The first-time publicans took over the watering hole in October and, buoyed by the experience, took on another pub in Norwich with the intention of running both.

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They will take up the reins at The Gordon in Thorpe St Andrew at the end of the month.

The Jolly Farmers in Ormesby St Margaret has shut suddenly Picture: Liz CoatesThe Jolly Farmers in Ormesby St Margaret has shut suddenly Picture: Liz Coates

Mrs Dack said: 'We have loved our time here in this nice village and had planned to stay.'

However, she said they had been let down by a lack of support from the pub's owners Enterprise Inns over a series of maintenance issues and were disappointed to be leaving.

A spokesperson for Ei Publican Partnerships said: 'We can confirm that the Jolly Farmers pub is currently closed.

'However we would like to reassure the local community that we plan to reopen the pub soon with a new operator and look forward to welcoming guests for a drink.'

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