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Golden Star’s Landlady thanks customers as pub repairs are complete

PUBLISHED: 09:57 28 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:28 28 July 2014

Lil Le Grice, landlady of the Golden Star in Colegate, Norwich, which has been repaired after a car crashed into it in June.

Lil Le Grice, landlady of the Golden Star in Colegate, Norwich, which has been repaired after a car crashed into it in June.

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The landlady of a city pub which was hit by a car has hailed the support of her customers.

Emergency services at The Golden Star pub in Norwich after the car crash.
 Photo by Simon Finlay.Emergency services at The Golden Star pub in Norwich after the car crash. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Repair work at the Golden Star, in Duke Street, Norwich, was completed five weeks to the day after the accident on June 20.

A car had ploughed through the wall of the pub, destroying the wall, a set of doors, a window and one of the building’s structural support bars.

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Lil Le Grice, the pub’s landlady, said the building was found to be structurally sound days after the accident, but there were weeks where repair work was going on alongside the pub trade.

“It was a bit of a trial,” she said.

“But the support of my customers and the fact they came in to continue to support us even though we weren’t running at full capacity really helped. I really want to thank them for supporting us.”

The listed building had to be restored to how it was using bricks reclaimed from Norfolk.

The pub hosted a reopening party when repair work was completed.

Ms Le Grice hopes the speed limit in Duke Street will now be reduced.

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