Landlords not to blame for closure

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I REFER to the correspondence regarding the closure of the White Horse, Great Waldingfield. It is a sad day when a publican criticises Greene King and landlords.

Greene King is not only a local brewery but one of the nation’s largest companies and proudly represents Britain globally. It has a stringent appointment process and achieved top marks appointing the landlords of the White Horse.

Debbie and Ricky are experienced landlords who provide a warm welcome, quality ales and excellent food. Their professional approach has attracted local tradesmen, office staff and church officials. They encourage a respectful environment, with families enjoying the food and friendly atmosphere.

Debbie and Ricky’s interest in the community is reflected in their successes. They hold christening and family parties for villagers. They have won the darts league and support fund raising for the local school. They have great pride residing in a 18th century timber framed building, that was once the hub of village life.

Great Waldingfield is one of England’s rare villages with a shop, church, hall, school and pub.

It is reflective on today’s society that people shop in supermarkets and consume alcohol at home in front of the TV or computer.

It appears the village will lose ‘the local’ not because of the landlord’s inability to operate a business, but through a changing environment which has reduced customers for several years.

I pray villagers will continue to utilise Great Waldingfield’s facilities or we may be discussing other closures in the future.

ANDREW TROLLOPE

Great Waldingfield

An ex-landlord of Greene King