Former Norwich pub landlady’s trip down memory lane at book-signing

Former regulars gathered at a city centre pub to meet up with a former landlady who has written a book on her time there.

Jude Gudgin ran the Walnut Tree Shades in the city centre with husband Chris Gudgin for 25 years.

Since retirement she has written a book on life at the boozer, called 'Last Orders at the Walnut Tree Shades', which documents the ups and downs of running a pub, and she held a book-signing at the venue last night.

Afterwards, she said: 'It was an absolutely fantastic night and it was packed to the rafters. For many of our friends it was a trip down memory lane. One of them said it was like 1992 again.

'It was a chance for them to relive their times at the Walnut and while I had a lot of trouble remembering people's names, I could always remember what their favourite drinks were.'


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One hundred and thirty copies of the book were sold, and Mrs Gudgin said the buyers were not just former customers.

She said: 'I've been told that some of the people who have read it had never been in the Walnut before. It's an insight into pub life wherever you drink.'

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The former landlady said she was now enjoying her retirement and seeing more of her two grandchildren.

'Chris and I worked together all those years but this is the first chance we've really had to spend so much quality time together,' she said.

The book is now avilable at bookshops across the city.

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