Mattishall couple race against the clock to reopen village’s only pub, The Swan, for jubilee celebration

A couple aiming to reopen the last pub in one of Norfolk's biggest villages are racing against the clock to start trading in time for a jubilee parade on Saturday.

Rob and Angie Martin, who live in the village near Dereham and send their eldest daughter to the local primary school, said they aim to brighten up The Swan, in Dereham Road, and attract families.

Uncertainty had surrounded the pub since it called last orders in March, and Roger Lee, who had run it for the previous four years, blamed a lack of support from village residents for its closure.

Mrs Martin said she was repainting much of the premises, including the toilets, and would refit the kitchen.

The 26-year-old said: 'We want a local pub for all the village, no matter how old. We want families to be able to bring their children in for lunch.

'We want feedback from the locals and we will do anything we can – it's their pub at the end of the say. We want to make it a place where they can enjoy themselves.'

Mr Martin, 31, moved to Mattishall when he was a child and is a trained chef, while his wife worked at The Parson in Weston Longville for 12 years.

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Mrs Martin said the reopened pub would serve 'good local ales', as well as traditional food after work on the kitchen was complete.

She said: 'It's a trade we love. It's always been something we want to do and we have been given the opportunity so we are grabbing it with both hands. Rob has always wanted this place, so it's a dream come true.'

She added that although they were nervous and a little stressed, they were determined to open at 11am on Saturday June 2 to take part in the jubilee celebrations, and start a barbecue and karaoke at 5pm.

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