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Monday, March 3, 2014
It is hard to imagine a bigger contrast as people of all ages gathered at a riverside pub on the Norfolk/Suffolk border this weekend to enjoy good music, fine food and ales and, above all, plenty of excellent company.
The Locks Inn, at Geldeston on the Norfolk side of the River Waveney between Beccles and Bungay, attracted customers traveling by car, boat, bicycles and feet at the weekend.
However, two weeks ago dramatic photographs published in the EDP pictured the popular pub surrounded by flood water from the River Waveney which had burst its banks.
The flood water was so deep that landlord Colin Smith had to close the pub and prevent customers from trying to get there.
“It would have been too dangerous for customers to try and get here as the floods meant you could not see where the tracks ended and the river began. The water over the track that leads to the pub was three feet deep in places.
“We are in a beautiful location here and accept at some time over the winter months there is going to be floods,” said Mr Smith.
The flood water has now subsided and many people were keen to support their unique “local” on Saturday and Sunday.
“I have never worked at a pub which has a more diverse set of customers. We have regulars of all ages but everyone is friendly and help to create a special atmosphere,” said Mr Smith.
On Saturday lunchtime there was acoustic music from one of the area’s top bands, Crumbs For Comfort, to entertain visitors.
A number of walking groups made a lunchtime stop at the pub as they enjoyed a day out by the river.
Janet Green, of Norwich, said: “Most weekends a group of us try and get out to walk in the countryside and when we are in this area we make sure we stop at the Locks Inn.
“It is so special because people have to make a real effort to be here to enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides of the river,” she said.
Three of the pub’s regulars, Mandy, Bod and Boyce, are convinced there is not another pub in the region that has the same atmosphere.
“Everyone is so friendly and people from all walks of life are happy to talk to each other.
“When you add the great local beer and food you can see why we are all happy the pub is back open again following the floods,” said Mandy.
At present the pub is only open part-time Friday to Sunday.
“There is ‘back to our roots’ acoustic music sessions every Sunday afternoons, however, our regular third Thursday of the month ‘Tales n Ales’ storytelling session is still on, as is of course our famous ‘curries of the world’ night every Friday,” said Mr Smith.
From April 1 the pub will be open every day when it will have regular sessions of music and storytelling.
A highlight will be over the Easter weekend when from April 17 to 20 the pub hosts the Geldeston Beer Festival with a full range of local craft beers and ciders, top bands and meals created from locally grown produce.
“This will set out our stall for events in the spring in summer that also includes events like our all day ‘Lockstock’ festival, singer/songwriter all dayer, May Fayre and Beltane celebration and the Waveney Valley conkers tournament,” added Mr Smith.
For more details visit www.geldestonlocks.co.uk
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