A COUPLE who have run a Burton pub for 34 years are preparing to call ‘last orders’ for the final time.
Linda Fidler, 55, and John Barrington- Earp, 75, will leave The Plough Inn, in Horninglow Road North, after holding a farewell party for regulars on Saturday.
The landlady said she and her partner had ‘mixed feelings’ after opting to leave due to overheads ‘which no longer made the business viable’.
“While we’ve made the decision to go, we feel relief tinged with sadness,” she said.
“We feel relief because John will be able to have some quality time after working so hard for so many years.
“But we feel sad because we’ve made some wonderful friends over the years and we shall miss them dearly.”
Miss Fidler and Mr Barrington-Earp, two of Marston’s Inns and Taverns’ longest serving tenants, said the support they had received from regulars had been ‘phenomenal’.
“No matter what we’ve put on, they’ve come and supported us during every event. I can’t thank them enough,” Miss Fidler said.
She added that the highights of their time at the pub had been their party nights.
“They call me the ‘Party Queen’ and I do turn most nights into a party,” she said.
“I make them have a party whether they want one or not.”
Miss Fidler, who has also run clothing alteration and repair business Sew ‘n’ Sew, in Dover Court, for 25 years, said she hoped Marston’s ‘found somebody to run the pub as best they can’.
Marston’s thanked the couple by holding a party for them and 50 regulars at its visitor centre in Shobnall Road.
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who drinks in the Plough and lives nearby, presented them with gifts on the brewery’s behalf.
Marston’s business development manager David Pepper said: “Linda and John are a great couple and everyone thinks so much of them.
“They will be a hard act to follow and let’s hope they enjoy life on the other side of the bar after all their hard work and dedication.”
He said The Plough would continue to be in safe hands, adding that Marston’s would put in a very good management couple to look after the pub and its regulars.
Miss Fidler and Mr Barrington-Earp plan to spend Christmas and New Year in Tenerife.