Pub reopens doors after sudden death of landlord led to temporary closure

Heidi Hewitt reopens the Rose and Crown pub in Thetford following the death of her ex-husband Keith

Heidi Hewitt reopens the Rose and Crown pub in Thetford following the death of her ex-husband Keith from Prostate Cancer in October. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

A pub which was forced to close after the sudden illness and death of its landlord is open for business again.

Heidi Hewitt reopens the Rose and Crown pub in Thetford following the death of her ex-husband Keith

Heidi Hewitt reopens the Rose and Crown pub in Thetford following the death of her ex-husband Keith from Prostate Cancer in October. Pictured is a copy picture of Keith Hewitt. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

The Rose and Crown, in St Nicholas Street, Thetford, was forced to close on October 17 after landlord Keith Hewitt, 60, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September, and died a month later.

Mr Hewitt's sudden illness meant there was not time for the pub's license to be passed to his ex-wife and business partner, Heidi Hewitt, and the pub had to close.

But the bar was open for business once more on Tuesday, after all the paperwork was put in place.

Mrs Hewitt said: 'It's been really nice to have the bar open again and to see people coming through the door.

'Customers have been saying that they've felt like nomads going from pub to pub around the town, but now they feel like they are home.

'Keith would be very pleased.'

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While closed, the pub took the opportunity to raise more than £1,100 for Cancer Research in Mr Hewitt's memory.

A fundraising event was held at his wake at the pub, bringing in £1,149.

Have you been raising money? Email andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk