August 30 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
A popular town centre pub which closed suddenly earlier this year will be reopening tonight after it was taken over by a husband and wife team.
Trevor, 52, a former prison officer and Karen Collins, 48, a former nurse, are the new landlord and landlady of the Black Swan in North Walsham.
The pub, owned by Enterprise Inns, was previously run by the Cheek family for several years, and closed the day before Good Friday.
Mr and Mrs Collins have reopened the function room for drinking and sports nights while the main pub is being renovated by Enterprise Inns.
They have employed three full-time staff and about seven casual workers and hope to fully reopen the pub in the first week of next month.
Mr Collins said the pub would be brought up to date through the refurbishment and said it was a “lifelong dream” to run a pub.
“We are not trying to reinvent the wheel. We want to give the locals back what they had before,” he said.
As well as hosting darts and pool team events the new tenants hope to hold regular nights for bands and budding musicians from the town’s Paston Sixth Form College.
Mr Collins, who retired from the prison service in June, helped manage a pub for a year in Southampton after he left the Royal Navy in 1993.
To contact the pub call 01692 402188.
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